Plates and FEM pp 375-384 | Cite as

Shape-Orthotropic Membrane Rigidities

  • Johan Blaauwendraad
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 171)


Many plate structures in buildings and bridges cannot be handled as isotropic plates. Stiffeners may occur, and can be different in two orthogonal directions. The multi-cell plate in Figure 20.1 is an example. The figure shows that FE models are possible on different detailed levels. Model 1, consisting of a spatial assemblage of isotropic volume elements, explains the behaviour best. However, the input is complicated and the output massive and complex. The calculation results appear as stresses at nodes and are not easy to interpret or to translate into dimensioning of pre-stressing and reinforcement.


Orthotropic Plate Isotropic Plate Parallel Chain Shear Rigidity Membrane Force 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emeritus of Structural MechanicsDelft University of TechnologyEdeThe Netherlands

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