Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 629–640 | Cite as

Free Vibration Analysis of Laminated Composite Plates Resting on Elastic Foundations by Using a Refined Hyperbolic Shear Deformation Theory



The free vibration of laminated composite plates on elastic foundations is examined by using a refined hyperbolic shear deformation theory. This theory is based on the assumption that the transverse displacements consist of bending and shear components where the bending components do not contribute to shear forces, and likewise, the shear components do not contribute to bending moments. The most interesting feature of this theory is that it allows for parabolic distributions of transverse shear stresses across the plate thickness and satisfies the conditions of zero shear stresses at the top and bottom surfaces of the plate without using shear correction factors. The number of independent unknowns in the present theory is four, as against five in other shear deformation theories. In the analysis, the foundation is modeled as a two-parameter Pasternak-type foundation, or as a Winkler-type one if the second foundation parameter is zero. The equation of motion for simply supported thick laminated rectangular plates resting on an elastic foundation is obtained through the use of Hamilton’s principle. The numerical results found in the present analysis for free the vibration of cross-ply laminated plates on elastic foundations are presented and compared with those available in the literature. The theory proposed is not only accurate, but also efficient in predicting the natural frequencies of laminated composite plates.


free vibration shear deformation theory of plates laminated composite plate elastic foundation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire des Matériaux et HydrologieUniversité de Sidi Bel AbbesSidi Bel AbbesAlgérie
  2. 2.Université de Sidi Bel Abbes, Faculté des Sciences de l’Ingénieur, Département de Génie CivilSidi Bel AbbesAlgérie

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