A Mindlin–Reissner Variational Principle to Analyze the Behavior of Moderately Thick Plates

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Roberto S. Carnicer

Division of Computational Mechanics, Empresa Nuclear Argentina de Centrales Eléctricas S.A., L.N. Alem 712, (1001) Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stefano Alliney

Dipartamento de Matematica e Informatica, Universitá degli Studie di Udine, Udine (33100), Italy

Appl. Mech. Rev 42(11S), S32-S38 (Nov 01, 1989) doi:10.1115/1.3152404 History: Online June 03, 2009


In the present work a method to solve the plate behavior under the assumption of the Mindlin plate theory is analyzed by means of finite element techniques, avoiding the tendency of the thin element to lock when the thickness of the plates becomes very small. A different formulation is developed from the Mindlin–Reissner principle for general boundary conditions. Numerical examples to evaluate the noninfluence of locking on clamped and simple support plates are calculated.

Copyright © 1989 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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