The Ritz method and some finite element formulations fail to furnish accurate modal stress-resultants for vibrating plates with free edges, even though the natural frequencies and mode shapes are accurately obtained. For example, by using the Ritz method, it was found that the modal twisting moments and shear forces violate the natural boundary conditions and that they contain erroneous "oscillations". This paper presents the least squares finite difference (LSFD) method for solving the freely vibrating plate problem. It will be shown herein that the modal stress-resultants obtained by the LSFD method satisfy the natural boundary conditions at the free edges without any oscillations.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Modelling and Simulation
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications