Reply to the comments of M.E. Golmakani and J. Rezatalab, Comment on “Nonlocal third-order shear deformation plate theory with application to bending and vibration of plates” (by R. Aghababaei and J.N. Reddy, Journal of Sound and Vibration 326 (2009) 277–289), Journal of Sound Vibration, 333 (2014) 3831–3835
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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Golmakani and Rezatalab  suggested in their paper that the deflection of a simply supported nonlocal elastic plate under uniform load is not affected by the small length scale terms. They based their proof on the use of Navier's method using a sinusoidal-based deflection solution. This insensitivity of the deflection solution of a simply supported nonlocal elastic plate with respect to the small length terms of Eringen's model is not correct, as already detailed in the literature (for example, see  for beam problems). In fact, the deflection of the nonlocal plate (in the Eringen sense) is larger than the one of the local case, as shown in many papers available in the literature. We prove in this reply to the authors that the Navier's method has to be correctly applied for highlighting the specific sensitivity phenomenon of the deflection solution, as compared to exact analytical solution. The problem is exactly the same as for the bending of a beam.
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Challamel, N., & Reddy, J. N.