Numerical Solution of Moderately Thick Plates

by Rajabhau S. Deshmukh, Civ. Engr.; Burns and Roe, Inc., Oradell, NJ,
Robert R. Archer, Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 5, Pg. 903-917

Document Type: Journal Paper


A new method for the numerical solution of Reissner-type plate equations is developed. By deriving for an arbitrary edge of a polygonal plate a set of edge functions, it is possible to obtain accurate solutions to moderately thick plate problems. To indicate the scope of the method, several problems of practical interest were solved, e.g., the torsion of a square plate, the uniformly-loaded clamped and simply-supported square plates. The accuracy achieved in these examples was remarkably good considering the number of unknowns in the formulation.

Subject Headings: Numerical methods | Plates | Arbitration | Torsion

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