Analysis of anisotropic gradient elastic shear deformable plates
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2016, Springer-Verlag Wien. In this paper, Reddys third-order shear deformable plate theory is employed for the analysis of centrosymmetric anisotropic plate structures within strain gradient elasticity. The general three-dimensional anisotropic gradient theory is reduced to a two-dimensional formulation for the analysis of thick plate structures. The third-order shear deformation theory (TSDT) takes into account quadratic variation of the transverse shear strains of the plate and does not require shear correction factors. In order to investigate the case of small strains but moderate rotations, the von Krmn strains are considered. The TSDT is also simplified to anisotropic Kirchhoff plate theory within gradient elasticity. To study specific material properties in more detail, the (Kirchhoff and TSDT) gradient plate theory of general anisotropy is simplified to the more practical case of orthotropic plates. It is observed that the gradient theory provides the capability to capture the size effects in anisotropic plate structures. As case studies, the bending and buckling behaviors of the simply supported orthotropic (Kirchhoff and TSDT) plates are studied. Variationally consistent boundary conditions are also discussed. Finally, analytical solutions are presented for the bending and buckling of simply supported orthotropic Kirchhoff plates. The effects of internal length scales on deflections and buckling loads are presented.