- Finite element analysis of functionally graded plates based on a general third-order shear deformation plate theory with a modified couple stress effect and the von Krmn nonlinearity is carried out to bring out the effects of couple stress, geometric nonlinearity and power-law variation of the material composition through the plate thickness on the bending deflections of plates. The theory requires no shear correction factors. The principle of virtual displacements is utilized to develop a nonlinear finite element model. The finite element model requires C1 continuity of all dependent variables. The microstructural effects are captured using a length scale parameter via the modified couple stress theory. The variation of two-constituent material is assumed through the thickness direction according to a power-law distribution. Numerical results are presented for static bending problems of rectangular plates with various boundary conditions to bring out the parametric effects of the power-law index and length scale parameter on the loaddeflection characteristics of plates with various boundary conditions.