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A refinement of Mindlin plate theory using simultaneous rotary inertia and shear correction factors

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Andrew Norris

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, 98 Brett Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

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ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038956 History: Received February 15, 2017; Revised December 17, 2017


We revisit Mindlin's theory for flexural dynamics of plates using two correction factors, one for shear and one for rotary inertia. Mindlin himself derived and considered his equations with both correction factors, but never with the two simultaneously. Here we derive optimal values of both factors by matching the Mindlin frequency-wavenumber branches with the exact Rayleigh-Lamb dispersion relations. The thickness shear resonance frequency is obtained if the factors are proportional but otherwise arbitrary. This degree-of-freedom allows matching of the main flexural mode dispersion with the exact Lamb wave at either low or high frequency by choosing the shear correction factor as a function of Poisson's ratio. At high frequency the shear factor takes the value found by Mindlin, while at low frequency it assumes a new explicit form which is recommended for flexural wave modeling.

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