Laterally Loaded Thin Flat Plates

by William A. Bradley,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 4, Pg. 77-108

Document Type: Journal Paper


In the work reported in this paper, certain laterally loaded thin plates were studied experimentally, using the Moire method, and analytically, by finite differences. The procedures followed in the study are summarized, the results are presented, and possible sources of error in the Moire technique are discussed. In general, the agreement of deflections and moments as found by the two methods is good, maximum variations being about ten percent. It is concluded that the Moire method, with possible improvements in technique, offers a useful tool, along with numerical methods, for the future study of plates.

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Numerical methods | Load factors | Plates | Numerical analysis | Agreements and treaties | Displacement (mechanics) | Moment (mechanics)

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