A non-classical Mindlin plate model based on a modified couple stress theory
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A non-classical Mindlin plate model is developed using a modified couple stress theory. The equations of motion and boundary conditions are obtained simultaneously through a variational formulation based on Hamilton's principle. The new model contains a material length scale parameter and can capture the size effect, unlike the classical Mindlin plate theory. In addition, the current model considers both stretching and bending of the plate, which differs from the classical Mindlin plate model. It is shown that the newly developed Mindlin plate model recovers the non-classical Timoshenko beam model based on the modified couple stress theory as a special case. Also, the current non-classical plate model reduces to the Mindlin plate model based on classical elasticity when the material length scale parameter is set to be zero. To illustrate the new Mindlin plate model, analytical solutions for the static bending and free vibration problems of a simply supported plate are obtained by directly applying the general forms of the governing equations and boundary conditions of the model. The numerical results show that the deflection and rotations predicted by the new model are smaller than those predicted by the classical Mindlin plate model, while the natural frequency of the plate predicted by the former is higher than that by the latter. It is further seen that the differences between the two sets of predicted values are significantly large when the plate thickness is small, but they are diminishing with increasing plate thickness. 2011 Springer-Verlag.