Bending and buckling of thick symmetric rectangular laminates using the moving least-squares differential quadrature method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-114
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, the moving least-squares differential quadrature (MLSDQ) method is applied to the bending and buckling analyses of moderately thick symmetric laminates based on the first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT). The transverse deflection and two rotations of the laminate are independently assumed with the moving least-squares (MLS) approximation. The weighting coefficients used in the MLSDQ approximation are obtained through a fast computation of the MLS shape functions and their partial derivatives. Numerical examples are illustrated to study the accuracy, stability and convergence of the MLSDQ method. The typical displacements, stresses and critical buckling loads of various laminated plates are presented and compared with the analytical values. Effects of support size, order of the complete basis functions and node irregularity on the numerical accuracy are investigated. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Bending, Buckling, Differential quadrature method, Symmetric laminates