REFINED SHEAR DEFORMATION THEORY FOR THE ANALYSIS OF LAMINATED PLATES.
A refined, third-order plate theory that accounts for the transverse shear strains is presented, the Navier solutions are derived for certain simply supported cross-ply and antisymmetric angle-ply laminates, and finite-element models are developed for general laminates. The new theory does not require the shear correction factors of the first-order theory (i. e. , the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory) because the transverse shear stresses are represented parabolically in the present theory. A mixed finite-element model that uses independent approximations of the generalized displacements and generalized moments, and a displacement model that uses only the generalized displacements as degrees of freedom are developed. Numerical results are presented to show the accuracy of the present theory in predicting the transverse stresses. Numerical results are also presented for the nonlinear bending of plates, and the results compare well with the experimental results available in the literature.