Flow-Induced Bending of Rectangular Plates

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Y. T. Kim

General Electric Company, Medium Steam Turbine Department, Lynn, Mass.

H. A. Scarton

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y.

J. Appl. Mech 44(2), 207-212 (Jun 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424025 History: Received March 01, 1975; Revised August 01, 1976; Online July 12, 2010


An analysis of flow-induced bending of rectangular plates simply supported on two sides and free on the leading and trailing edges, with viscous entry flows differing in flow rate on top and bottom, is presented. Viscous shear is shown to be important in modifying the plate deflection near the leading edge. The flow rate is maximized and deflection minimized by using relatively small length-to-width ratios. The results are directly applicable to stacked rectangular fuel-bearing plates in nuclear reactors.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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