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Bending of Rectangular Plates with Large DeflectionsThe solution of von Karman's fundamental equations for large deflections of plates is presented for the case of a simply supported rectangular plate under combined edge compression and lateral loading. Numerical solutions are given for square plates and for rectangular plates with a width-span ratio of 3:1. The effective widths under edge compression are compared with effective widths according to von Karman, Bengston, Marguerre, and Cox and with experimental results by Ramberg, McPherson, and Levy. The deflections for a square plate under lateral pressure are compared with experimental and theoretical results by Kaiser. It is found that the effective widths agree closely with Marguerre's formula and with the experimentally observed values and that the deflections agree with the experimental results and with Kaiser's work.
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Document Type
Other - NACA Technical Note
Levy, Samuel
(National Bureau of Standards)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1942
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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