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Covers handling stress singularities in stretched and bended plates
Includes mesh design recommendations
Provides an understanding between Kirchhoff and Mindlin plate theory
Contains determination of shear rigidity of complex orthotropic plate cross-sections
Presents economic reinforcement on basis of linear-elastic FEM analysis
Covers prevention of glaring mistakes in calculating torsion rigidity of orthotropic plates
This textbook aims to be the bridge between plate theory and FE-software.
Structural engineers must translate elastic analysis results into economic structure dimensions and reinforcement, which raises difficulties. Not all engineers are well enough equipped for the increasingly easy-to-use powerful programs. The problem is not lack of FE-knowledge, but rather ignorance of plate behaviour. Therefore, this book starts with classical plate theory for membrane and bending states, and proceeds to FE-practice.
This volume can be used for university courses, serving as practical preparation for the engineering profession, and as a guide to structural designers.