A Comprehensive Study of the Free Vibration of Rectangular Plates Resting on Symmetrically-Distributed Uniform Elastic Edge Supports

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D. J. Gorman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. Canada KIN 6N5

J. Appl. Mech 56(4), 893-899 (Dec 01, 1989) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3176188 History: Received September 21, 1988; Revised January 27, 1989; Online July 21, 2009


An analytical-type solution is developed for the free vibration analysis of rectangular plates with uniform elastic edge support symmetrically distributed about the plate central axes. Both linear elastic rotational and translational support are considered to act simultaneously. Rapid convergence is encountered. Because of the symmetry of the problem, the free vibration modes fall into three distinct families. Eigenvalues are tabulated for the first four modes of vibration of a square plate with identical stiffnesses on each edge and with various ratios of translational to rotational stiffnesses. This represents, to the author’s knowledge, the first comprehensive treatment of this problem.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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