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Free Transverse Vibration of Rectangular Orthotropic Plates with Two Opposite Edges Rotationally Restrained and Remaining Others Free

By Yuan Zhang and Sigong Zhang


Many types of engineering structures can be effectively modelled as orthotropic plates with opposite free edges such as bridge decks. The other two edges, however, are usually treated as simply supported or fully clamped in current design practice, although the practical boundary conditions are intermediate between these two limiting cases. Frequent applications of orthotropic plates in structures have generated the need for a better understanding of the dynamic behaviour of orthotropic plates with non-classical boundary conditions. In the present study, the transverse vibration of rectangular orthotropic plates with two opposite edges rotationally restrained with the remaining others free was studied by applying the method of finite integral transforms. A new alternative formulation was developed for vibration analysis, which provides much easier solutions. Exact series solutions were derived, and the excellent accuracy and efficiency of the method are demonstrated through considerable numerical studies and comparisons with existing results. Some new results have been presented. In addition, the effect of different degrees of rotational restraints on the mode shapes was also demonstrated. The present analytical method is straightforward and systematic, and the derived characteristic equation for eigenvalues can be easily adapted for broad applications

Topics: rectangular orthotropic plate, transverse vibration, finite integral transform, rotationally restrained edges, free edges, rotational fixity factors, Technology, T, Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General), TA1-2040, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Physics, QC1-999, Chemistry, QD1-999
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.3390/app9010022
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