Thermal effect on vibration and buckling analysis of thin isotropic/orthotropic rectangular plates with crack defects

S. K. Lai, L. H. Zhang

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The present research is concerned with the vibration analysis of thin isotropic and orthotropic rectangular plates with crack defects under thermal environmental conditions. In the literature, there are only few studies reported in this direction. Based on the classical plate theory, the governing equations of the isotropic and orthotropic cracked rectangular plates can be derived, in which a surface crack located at the plate center is formulated based on a line-spring model. Since the dynamic behavior of structural elements is significantly affected by thermal effects, a thermal buckling analysis for isotropic and orthotropic plates is also conducted. A uniform heating load on the cracked rectangular plates is considered and the critical buckling temperature of the plates with or without cracks is investigated. The discrete singular convolution (DSC) method is then applied to formulate the eigenvalue equations for the cracked rectangular plates under various thermal conditions. The DSC technique is an ingenious method in stability and dynamic analysis of plates, not only it is a flexible local method to handle complex geometries and boundary conditions, but also it performs as a global approach with a high degree of accuracy. To go beyond the limitation of the DSC method, the use of Taylor's series expansion method is incorporated for the treatment of free boundary conditions. In addition, this is the first attempt to explore its application on the analysis of cracked rectangular plates under thermal effects. In this work, the vibration of isotropic and orthotropic cracked rectangular plates with various combinations of boundary conditions is studied. A special restrained manner of simply supported conditions that are permissible for in-plane movements is also analyzed. The obtained solutions herein are compared with the existing results to verify the accuracy and reliability. Besides, accurate first-known solutions are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-458
Number of pages15
JournalEngineering Structures
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018


  • DSC method
  • Isotropic and orthotropic plates
  • Surface crack
  • Thermal effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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