### A contact problem of the interaction of a semi-finite inclusion with a plate.

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The aim of this paper is to analyze a low order finite element method for a stiffened plate. The plate is modeled by Reissner-Mindlin equations and the stiffener by Timoshenko beams equations. The resulting problem is shown to be well posed. In the case of concentric stiffeners it decouples into two problems, one for the in-plane plate deformation and the other for the bending of the plate. The analysis and discretization of the first one is straightforward. The second one is shown to have a solution...

A shear deformation theory is developed to analyse the geometrically nonlinear behaviour of layered composite plates under transverse loads. The theory accounts for the transverse shear (as in the Reissner Mindlin plate theory) and large rotations (in the sense of the von Karman theory) suitable for simulating the behaviour of moderately thick plates. Square and rectangular plates are considered: the numerical results are obtained by a finite element computational procedure and are given for various...

A unilateral problem of an elastic plate above a rigid interior obstacle is solved on the basis of a mixed variational inequality formulation. Using the saddle point theory and the Herrmann-Johnson scheme for a simultaneous computation of deflections and moments, an iterative procedure is proposed, each step of which consists in a linear plate problem. The existence, uniqueness and some convergence analysis is presented.

We prove that the critical points of the 3d nonlinear elasticity functional on shells of small thickness h and around the mid-surface S of arbitrary geometry, converge as h → 0 to the critical points of the von Kármán functional on S, recently proposed in [Lewicka et al., Ann. Scuola Norm. Sup. Pisa Cl. Sci. (to appear)]. This result extends the statement in [Müller and Pakzad, Comm. Part. Differ. Equ.33 (2008) 1018–1032], derived for the case of plates when $S\subset {\mathbb{R}}^{2}$. The convergence holds provided...

The operator ${L}_{0}:{D}_{{L}_{0}}\subset H\to H$, ${L}_{0}u=\frac{1}{r}\frac{d}{dr}\left\{r\frac{d}{dr}\left[\frac{1}{r}\frac{d}{dr}\left(r\frac{du}{dr}\right)\right]\right\}$, ${D}_{{L}_{0}}=\{u\in {C}^{4}\left([0,R]\right),{u}^{\text{'}}\left(0\right)={u}^{\text{'}\text{'}\text{'}\text{'}}\left(0\right)=0,u\left(R\right)={u}^{\text{'}}\left(R\right)=0\}$, $H={L}_{2,r}(0,R)$ is shown to be essentially self-adjoint, positive definite with a compact resolvent. The conditions on ${L}_{0}$ (in fact, on a general symmetric operator) are given so as to justify the application of the Fourier method for solving the problems of the types ${L}_{0}u=g$ and ${u}_{tt}+{L}_{0}u=g$, respectively.

In this paper we present a unified approach to obtain integral representation formulas for describing the propagation of bending waves in infinite plates. The general anisotropic case is included and both new and well-known formulas are obtained in special cases (e.g. the classical Boussinesq formula). The formulas we have derived have been compared with experimental data and the coincidence is very good in all cases.

The author introduces a global measure of initial deflection given by the energy norm. Solving the formulated minimization problem with a subsidiary condition the most dangerous initial deflection shape is obtained. The theoretical results include a wide range of stability type structural problems.