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Emma Consuelo O. Como , Jaan Ruy Conrad P. Nogot and Gilbert M. Oca

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Materials Physics Research Group, Physics Division, IMSP, CAS, UP Los Baños

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Computational Physics Research Group, Physics Division, IMSP,CAS, UP Los Baños

October 7, 2010

Abstract

An isotropic thin-plate supported along its edges is subjected to an areal load, bending the

plate in the process. The resulting deflection along the transverse direction (z-direction) of

the plate is computed and analyzed in this study. A second-order differential equation is

first defined to simplify the Classical Plate Equation to a Poisson equation counterpart. This

simplified equation is then solved using the finite differential method, ensuing the

deflection of the plate along the z-direction. This deflection increases when the applied

transverse load is increased, the plate is made thinner and the plate is made of a material of

a relatively smaller flexural rigidity.

Introduction

For problems involving complicated geometries, loadings, and material properties, it is generally

not possible to obtain analytical mathematical solutions. Hence, one needs to rely on numerical

methods, such as finite difference method (FDM)4, for acceptable approximate solutions. A typical

problem area of interest that is solvable by use of the FDM is the structural analysis of the plate-bending

problem (see figure 1).

A plate can be considered the two-dimensional extension of a beam in simple bending. Both

plates and beams support loads transverse or perpendicular

to their plane and through bending action [2].

a thin plate (see figure 2) is governed by the Classical Plate

Equation,

(1)

where D is the flexural rigidity of the plate, w its deflection in Figure 1. General plate-bending problem

the transverse (z) direction and q, the applied transverse load.

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FDM is one of the three basic discretization methods, where one replaces the domain by a finite point set and replaces derivatives by differences [1]

The flexural rigidity is given by

(2)

where h is the plate’s thickness, E is the Young’s Modulus, and v is the Poisson’s ratio5 of the plate

material [3].

The differential operator in eq. 1 is called the Laplacian differential operator ∆, where

(3)

When D is constant throughout the plate, the plate equation can be simplified to,

(4)

This small deflection theory assumes that w is small in comparison to the thickness of the plate

h, and the strains and the midplane slopes are much smaller than 1.

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Poisson's ratio is the ratio of the relative contraction strain, or transverse strain normal to the applied load, to the relative extension strain, or axial

strain in the direction of the applied load. Ranges from engineering materials from .2 to .5 [5]

A plate is called thin when its thickness h is at least one order of magnitude smaller than the span or diameter of the plate [6]

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Figure 2 shows a thin-plate with an area load q acting on it. The plate is assumed to be isotropic6

and is supported along the edges. No deflections at the plate’s edges and slope normal to the boundary

are zero. Given the foregoing boundary conditions, the deflection along the z-direction is determined.

Methodology

The deflections of a square plate, with supported edges subjected to an areal load q, in the z

direction is given by

(5)

The above equation can be simplified by defining another equation u which is equal to

(6)

(7)

method. A region, shown in figure 3, is partitioned into a

grid with points satisfying the boundary conditions

specified in figure 2. When applying the finite difference

method in the nine discretized domain points, nine

equations are produced. The solutions u1, u2,…, u9 of

the nine equations are solved numerically using Gaussian

elimination method [7][8][9]. The computed ui’s are

correspondingly equated in expression 6 to finally solve

for z. The same method, utilizing finite difference

method and Gaussian elimination, was used to work out

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Isotropic materials are materials having no directional variation in their mechanical properties (e.g. wood, and many crystals); homogeneous.

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the z values for equation 6.

1. Compute for the Areal load divided by the Flexural rigidity (q/D).

2. Initialize the coefficient matrix and constant matrix produced by FDM in equation 7.

3. Solve ui’s using Gaussian elimination method.

4. Initialize new coefficient matrix produced by FDM in equation 6 with elements of the constant

matrix replaced by ui’s.

5. Solve z values using Gaussian elimination method.

The behavior of equation 5 was examined by varying the areal load and changing the flexural

rigidity (changing the material) and the thickness of the plate.

Figure 4 shows the deflection along the z-direction of a 1 cm thick copper thin-plate under

different loads. As the load is varied from 50 N to 500 N to 1000 N, the deflection of the plate is

observed to have also increased. One sees a direct proportionality of the deflection and the applied

transverse force (load), and these results satisfy the governing equation (4). Being simply-supported, it is

also observed from the following figure that there is no deflection along the plate’s edges, satisfying the

specified boundary condition.

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4b

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Figure 4. Deflection of a copper plate along the z axis when a load, q, of (a) 50N, (b) 500N, (c) 1000N is applied

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Figure 5, on the other hand, shows the deflection along the z direction of a 1 cm thin (a)

aluminum and (b) copper plate both subjected to 500 N. Aluminum has a E value of 7.0 x 1010 Pa and a

Poisson’s ratio (v) of 0.334. Copper has 11 x 1010 and 0.355, respectively [10]. Based from the obtained z

deflection, it appeared that for a constant load, aluminum plate bends relatively greater than copper

plate. It can be observed that the flexural rigidity of aluminum is 6565.8, which is smaller than copper’s

10,488.5. From the governing equation (4), the flexural rigidity is inversely proportional to the

deflection, and the foregoing findings satisfy this claim.

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Shown in figure 6 are the corresponding deflections of a copper thin-plate when its thickness is

varied. It is observed that as the thickness of the plate is decreased, the deflection along the z-direction

increases. This follows that the thinner the plate, the more it can be bend by an introduction of a

transverse load. The foregoing observations imply an inverse relationship between the thickness of the

material and its deflection along the transverse direction, complying with the governing equation for

thin-plates.

Moreover, it is observed for all three cases that the deflections of the nine discretized domain

points (see figure 3) vary from each other. However, and more importantly, a trend of the deflection can

be deduced from these three cases. Domain point 33 is observed to have the greatest deflection along

the transverse direction compared to the other eight points’, which appear to decrease substantially,

relative to domain point 33. There are no deflections along the plate’s edges for the three cases because

the plate is simply supported. This Gaussian-like surface was observed because the plate is initially

conceived as isotropic and homogenous and the load is subjected in the plate’s center.

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Figure 6. Deflection of a copper plate of (a) 1mm, (b) 1cm, (c) 0.1m copper thin-plate under 500 N loads

The study attempted to compute for the deflection along the transverse direction of a simply

supported isotropic thin-plate resulting from an applied transverse load. A second order differential

equation was first defined to simplify the given plate equation to an equivalent Poisson equation, thru

the property of the biharmonic differential operator, and by using the finite difference method to solve

the simplified plate equation, this objective was successfully meet.

To validate the results of the study, the areal load, the flexural rigidity and the thickness of the

plate were varied and the corresponding trends were analyzed. An increase in the deflection along the

transverse direction of the thin-plate can be accounted by an increase in the load applied to the plate, a

decrease in the thickness of the plate and the usage of a plate made from a material with a relatively

smaller flexural rigidity D. These results, all and all, comply with the Classical Plate equation.

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