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The BEM for plates of variable thickness on nonlinear biparametric elastic foundation. An analog equation solution. (English) Zbl 1181.74145
Summary: The BEM is developed for the analysis of plates with variable thickness resting on a nonlinear biparametric elastic foundation. The presented solution is achieved using the Analog Equation Method (AEM). According to the AEM the fourth-order partial differential equation with variable coefficients describing the response of the plate is converted to an equivalent linear problem for a plate with constant stiffness not resting on foundation and subjected only to an ‘appropriate’ fictitious load under the same boundary conditions. The fictitious load is established using a technique based on the BEM and the solution of the actual problem is obtained from the known integral representation of the solution of the substitute problem, which is derived using the static fundamental solution of the biharmonic equation. The method is boundary-only in the sense that the discretization and the integration are performed only on the boundary. To illustrate the method and its efficiency, plates of various shapes are analyzed with linear and quadratic plate thickness variation laws resting on a nonlinear biparametric elastic foundation.

74S15 Boundary element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74K20 Plates
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