RPT Finite Element Formulation for Linear Dynamic Analysis of orthotropic Plates

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, P.O. Box-71555-313, Iran.


This paper presents finite element formulation for dynamic analysis of orthotropic plates using two-variable refined plate theory (RPT). Hamilton's principle is employed to obtain the governing equations and the semi-discrete approach is utilized for solving the equations. After constructing spatial weak form equations, a 4-node rectangular plate element with six degrees of freedom (DOFs) per node is introduced for discretization of the domain. An unconditionally stable implicit Newmark scheme is used for temporal discretization. A MATLAB code with capability of modeling both static and dynamic plate problems with various boundary conditions is generated. Several numerical problems are solved and the obtained displacements and stresses are compared with the existing results in the literature. The results demonstrate the accuracy, simplicity and efficiency of present method in dynamic analysis of plate problems.


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