- Forced motions of laminated composite plates are investigated using a finite element that accounts for the transverse shear strains, rotary inertia, and large rotations (in the von Karman sense). The present results when specialized for isotropic plates are found to be in good agreement with those available in the literature. Numerical results of the nonlinear analysis of composite plates are presented showing the effects of plate thickness, lamination scheme, boundary conditions, and loading on the deflections and stresses. The new results for composite plates should serve as bench marks for future investigations. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., 1983. All rights reserved.