14 Sep

### Linearization of plate theory (4th order) for polygons (any amount of edges), with random tranverse loading

Given a random polygon, I first devide it into rectangulars. Then I label points at intersections.

Each unit is made out of four rectangulars, centered at each point.

Each unit will give me one linear difference equation (derived in notes at the end of this post). Therefore, I have N variables and N linear equations. Solving the linear equations will give us the deflection at each point. Using the deflections at points in each unit, I can calculate the moment, shear, reaction load at each node, as linear functions of the deflections of neighboring points. ### Examples

#### Example #1

Number of edges: 3

Number of points: 479

Edge boundary condition: simply supported         #### Example #2

Number of edges: 4

Number of points: 1521

Edge boundary condition: simply supported         #### Example #3

Number of edges: 7

Number of points: 1105

Edge boundary condition: simply supported         ### A simple validation: Linearized solution V.S. Analytical solution, rectangular plate

Number of edges: 4

Edge boundary condition: simply supported

#### --------------------- Linearized solution ------------------------------ Analytical solution ----------------        ### Appendix: Linearization of plate theory. Derivation as shown below.

Please let me know if you find any typos. Thanks.       