Analysis of stiffened corrugated plates based on the FSDT via the mesh-free method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-378
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


The elastic bending of unstiffened and stiffened corrugated plates is studied in this paper, and a mesh-free Galerkin method is presented for the analyses. A corrugated plate is treated as an orthotropic plate that has different flexure properties in two perpendicular directions. The equivalent flexure properties are estimated by applying constant curvature conditions to the corrugated sheet. The stiffened corrugated plate is considered as a composite structure of an orthotropic plate with beams. By superimposing the strain energy of the orthotropic plate and the beams, and imposing the displacement compatibility conditions between the plate and the beams, the stiffness matrix of the structure is obtained. Because no mesh is needed in the proposed method, there is no limitation to the position of the stiffeners (beams). Changes in the positions of the stiffeners do not require the re-meshing of the plate. Several numerical examples are employed to show the accuracy and convergence of the proposed method. The computation results demonstrate good agreement with the solutions given by ANSYS, and different profiles of corrugated plates are considered. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Bending analysis, Equivalent properties, Mesh-free Galerkin method, Stiffened corrugated plate