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Bending of plates

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Bending of plates or plate bending refers to the deflection of a plate perpendicular to the plane of the plate under the action The resulting displacement is The amount of deflection can be determined by solving the differential equations of an of external forces and moments. appropriate plate theory. The stresses in the plate can be calculated from these deflections. Once the stresses are known, failure theories can be used to determine whether a plate will fail under a given load.

1 Bending of Kirchhoff-Love plates 2 Circular Kirchhoff-Love plates 2.1 Clamped edges where 3 Rectangular Kirchhoff-Love plates 3.1 Sinusoidal load 3.2 Navier solution 3.2.1 Uniform load 3.3 Levy solution The bending moments and shear forces corresponding to the displacement 3.3.1 Moments along edges 3.3.2 Uniform and symmetric moment load 3.4 Cylindrical plate bending 3.4.1 Simply supported plate with axially fixed ends 4 Bending of thick Mindlin plates 4.1 Governing equations 4.2 Simply supported rectangular plates 5 Bending of Reissner-Stein cantilever plates 6 See also 7 References


Bending of an edge clamped circular plate under the action of a transverse pressure. The left half of the plate shows the deformed shape while the right half shows the undeformed shape. This calculation was performed using Ansys.

Bending of Kirchhoff-Love plates
In the Kirchhoff–Love plate theory for plates the governing equations are[1]


In expanded form,


Forces and moments on a flat plate.

where and

is an applied transverse load per unit area, the thickness of the plate is

, the stresses are


The quantity

has units of force per unit thickness. The quantity

has units of moment per unit thickness. these equations reduce to[2]

For isotropic, homogeneous, plates with Young's modulus

and Poisson's ratio


is the deflection of the mid-surface of the plate.

In rectangular Cartesian coordinates,

Circular Kirchhoff-Love plates
The bending of circular plates can be examined by solving the governing equation with appropriate boundary conditions. These solutions were first found by Poisson in 1829. Cylindrical coordinates are convenient for such problems. The stresses are The governing equation in coordinate-free form is

Cylindrical plate bending
Cylindrical bending occurs when a rectangular plate that has dimensions , where perpendicular to the plane of the plate. In cylindrical coordinates , Such a plate takes the shape of the surface of a cylinder. Simply supported plate with axially fixed ends For a simply supported plate under cylindrical bending with edges that are free to rotate but have a fixed Levy techniques. For symmetrically loaded circular plates, , and we have . Cylindrical bending solutions can be found using the Navier and and the thickness is small, is subjected to a uniform distributed load

Bending of thick Mindlin plates
For thick plates, we have to consider the effect of through-the-thickness shears on the orientation of the normal to the mid-surface after deformation. Mindlin's theory provides one approach for find the deformation and stresses in such plates. Solutions to Mindlin's theory can be derived from the equivalent Kirchhoff-Love solutions using canonical relations.[3] Therefore, the governing equation is

Governing equations
The canonical governing equation for isotropic thick plates can be expressed as[3] If and are constant, direct integration of the governing equation gives us


are constants. The slope of the deflection surface is is the bending rigidity, is the plate thickness, , is

where is the applied transverse load, is the shear modulus, the shear correction factor, is the Young's modulus, is the Poisson's ratio, and

For a circular plate, the requirement that the deflection and the slope of the deflection are finite at

implies that


Clamped edges
In Mindlin's theory, is the transverse displacement of the mid-surface of the plate and the quantities and are the rotations of the mid-surface normal about the -axes, respectively. The canonical parameters are and . The shear correction has the value For a circular plate with clamped edges, we havefor this theory and at the edge of the plate (radius factor ). Using usually these boundary conditions. we get The solutions to the governing equations can be found if one knows the corresponding Kirchhoff-Love solutions by using the relations and

The in-plane displacements in the plate are

The in-plane strains in the plate are where is the displacement predicted for a Kirchhoff-Love plate, , and is a biharmonic function such that , is a function that satisfies the Laplace equation,

The in-plane stresses in the plate are

For a plate of thickness

, the bending stiffness is

and we have

Simply supported rectangular plates
For simply supported plates, the Marcus moment sum vanishes, i.e.,

In that case the functions ,


vanish, and the Mindlin solution is related to the corresponding Kirchhoff solution by

The moment resultants (bending moments) are

Bending Reissner-Stein cantilever plates The maximumof radial stress is at and :
Reissner-Stein theory for cantilever plates[4] leads to the following coupled ordinary differential equations for a cantilever plate with concentrated end load at .


. The bending moments at the boundary and the center of the plate are

and the boundary conditions at


Rectangular Kirchhoff-Love plates
For rectangular plates, Navier in 1820 introduced a simple method for finding the displacement and stress when a plate is simply supported. The idea was to express the applied load in terms of Fourier components, find the solution for a sinusoidal load (a single Fourier component), and Solution of this system ofthen two superimpose ODEs gives the Fourier components to get the solution for an arbitrary load.

Sinusoidal load
Let us assume that the load is of the form

where Here is the amplitude,

. The bending moments and shear forces corresponding to the displacement is the width of the plate in the -direction, and is the width of the plate in the -direction. along the edges of the plate is zero, the bending moment .

are is

Since the plate is simply supported, the displacement zero at and , and is zero at


If we apply these boundary conditions and solve the plate equation, we get the solution

We can calculate the stresses and strains in the plate once we know the displacement. For a more general load of the form
Bending of a rectangular plate under the action of a distributed force per unit area.



are integers, we get the solution

The stresses are

Navier solution
Let us now consider a more general load . We can break this load up into a sum of Fourier components such that If the applied load at the edge is constant, we recover the solutions for a beam under a concentrated end load. If the applied load is a linear function of , then


is an amplitude. We can use the orthogonality of Fourier components,

See also
Bending Infinitesimal strain theory Kirchhoff–Love plate theory to findLinear the amplitudes . Thus we have, by integrating over , elasticity Mindlin–Reissner plate theory Plate theory Stress (mechanics) Structural acoustics Vibration of plates If we repeat the process by integrating over , we have

1. ^ Reddy, J. N., 2007, Theory and analysis of elastic plates and shells, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis. 2. ^ Timoshenko, S. and Woinowsky-Krieger, S., (1959), Theory of plates and shells, McGraw-Hill New York. Therefore, 3. ^ a b Lim, G. T. and Reddy, J. N., 2003, On canonical bending relationships for plates, International Journal of Solids and Structures, vol. 40, pp. 3039-3067. 4. ^ E. Reissner and M. Stein. Torsion and transverse bending of cantilever plates. Technical Note 2369, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics,Washington, 1951.

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Uniform load Consider the situation where a uniform load is applied on the plate, i.e., . Then


We can use these relations to get a simpler expression for


Since are odd:

[ so

] when


are even, we can get an even simpler expression for

when both


Plugging this expression into equation (2) and keeping in mind that only odd terms contribute to the displacement, we have

The corresponding moments are given by

The stresses in the plate are

Displacement (


Stress (


Stress (

) for a rectangular plate with mm, mm, mm, GPa, and under a load kPa.

Displacement and stresses along

The red line represents the bottom of the plate, the green line the middle, and the blue line the top of the plate.

Levy solution
Another approach was proposed by Levy in 1899. In this case we start with an assumed form of the displacement and try to fit the parameters so that the governing equation and the boundary conditions are satisfied. Let us assume that

For a plate that is simply supported at and (verify). The goal is to find . Moments along edges

, the boundary conditions are and such that it satisfies the boundary conditions at

. The moment boundary condition is equivalent to and and, of course, the governing equation

Let us consider the case of pure moment loading. In that case the governing equation can be expanded as


has to satisfy

. Since we are working in rectangular Cartesian coordinates,

Plugging the expression for

in the governing equation gives us


This is an ordinary differential equation which has the general solution


are constants that can be determined from the boundary conditions. Therefore the displacement solution has the form

Let us choose the coordinate system such that the boundaries of the plate are at moment boundary conditions at the boundaries are


(same as before) and at

(and not


). Then the


are known functions. The solution can be found by applying these boundary conditions. We can show that for the symmetrical case where


we have


Similarly, for the antisymmetrical case where

we have

We can superpose the symmetric and antisymmetric solutions to get more general solutions. Uniform and symmetric moment load For the special case where the loading is symmetric and the moment is uniform, we have at ,

Displacement (


Bending stress (


Transverse shear stress (

) and . The bending stress is along the bottom surface of the plate. The

Displacement and stresses for a rectangular plate under uniform bending moment along the edges transverse shear stress is along the mid-surface of the plate.