Limit analysis of orthotropic plates

Leone Corradi, Pasquale Vena

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The limit analysis problem for plates in bending is considered. The failure criterion for the material is assumed as orthotropic, with possible non-symmetric strength properties. According to Kirchhoff's hypothesis, the plate is conceived as a superposition of layers, individually in plane stress situation, and continuity is enforced by means of a kinematic assumption. By exploiting previous results, recently established by the authors, the expression of the dissipation power per unit plate area is defined on this basis and the kinematic (upper bound) theorem of limit analysis is cast in a form suitable for numerical solutions. To this purpose, efficient algorithms successfully employed in the isotropic case can be used with minor modifications. The effectiveness of the procedure is demonstrated by solving some homogeneous plate examples. Results permit the assessment of the influence of different aspects, such as the ratio between strengths along the orthotropy directions, the tensile to compressive strength differential and the inclination of the orthotropy axes with respect to the sides. The effects of in-plane edge constraints are also discussed and it appears that they are emphasized considerably by anisotropy. Even if referred to specific cases, some conclusions can be regarded as fairly general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1543-1566
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Plasticity
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003


  • A. Plastic collapse
  • B. Anisotropic material
  • B. Ideally plastic material
  • B. Plates
  • C. Finite elements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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