Bending of Sandwich Plates of Variable Thickness

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N. Paydar

Purdue University, School of Engineering and Technology, Indianapolis, IN 46223

C. Libove

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244

J. Appl. Mech 55(2), 419-424 (Jun 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3173692 History: Received April 27, 1987; Revised January 25, 1988; Online July 21, 2009


A small deflection theory, consisting of differential equations and a total potential energy expression, is presented for determining the stresses and deformations in variable thickness elastic sandwich plates symmetric about a middle surface. The theory takes into account the contribution of the face-sheet membrane forces (by virtue of their slopes) to the transverse shear. A finite-difference formulation of the stationary total potential energy principle is presented along with an illustrative application.

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