Bending of Skew Orthotropic Plate Structures

by John B. Kennedy, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Head; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada,
Davalath S.R. Gupta, (M.ASCE), Chf. Engr.; Canadian Bridge Div., Windsor, Ontario, Canada; formerly, Research Asst., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Windsor, Ontario, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 8, Pg. 1559-1574

Document Type: Journal Paper


A series solution has been developed to analyze skew orthotropic plate structures subjected to uniform and concentrated (patch) loads. The analysis was verified and substantiated by tests on model structures. The influence of skew, the ratio of the flexural rigidities, and torsional stiffness on the design quantities of such structures are investigated. The load-carrying capacity of orthotropic plate structures versus isotropic ones is compared. A design example is given using the charts presented.

Subject Headings: Bending (structural) | Skewness | Orthotropic materials | Plates | Load bearing capacity | Concentrated loads | Verification | Structural models

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