A simplified four-unknown shear and normal deformations theory for bidirectional laminated plates
This paper presents a simplified 4-unknown shear and normal deformations theory for the bending analysis of cross-ply laminated plates. The present theory accounts for an adequate distribution of transverse shear strains through the plate thickness and tangential stress-free on the plate surfaces. The effect of normal strain is also included. The governing, equilibrium equations and boundary conditions are derived by employing the virtual work principle. Numerical results for stresses and displacements are compared well with those obtained using 3-D elasticity solution.
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