SMALL STRAIN AND MODERATE ROTATION THEORY OF ELASTIC ANISOTROPIC PLATES.
A general nonlinear theory for the dynamics of elastic anisotropic plates that accounts for transverse shear strains and moderate rotations is presented. The theory contains, as special cases, the von Karman classical plate theory, the first-order shear deformation theory (i. e. , the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory) and the third-order shear deformation plate theory. The theory is characterized, even for isotropic plates, by strong coupling between various equations of motion.
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