The intrinsic theory of linearly elastic plates

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1182-1203
Journal / PublicationMathematics and Mechanics of Solids
Issue number4
Online published28 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


In an intrinsic approach to a problem in elasticity, the only unknown is a tensor field representing an appropriate ‘measure of strain’, instead of the displacement vector field in the classical approach. The objective of this paper is to study the displacement traction problem in the special case where the elastic body is a linearly elastic plate of constant thickness, clamped over a portion of its lateral face. In this respect, we first explicitly compute the intrinsic three-dimensional boundary condition of place in terms of the Cartesian components of the linearized strain tensor field, thus avoiding the recourse to covariant components in curvilinear coordinates and providing an interesting example of actual computation of an intrinsic boundary condition of place in three-dimensional elasticity. Second, we perform a rigorous asymptotic analysis of the three-dimensional equations as the thickness of the plate, considered as a parameter, approaches zero. As a result, we identify the intrinsic two-dimensional equations of a linearly elastic plate modelled by the Kirchhoff–Love theory, with the linearized change of metric and change of curvature tensor fields of the middle surface of the plate as the new unknowns, instead of the displacement field of the middle surface in the classical approach.

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  • Displacement-traction problem, intrinsic boundary condition of place, intrinsic elasticity