Analysis of Plates by the Initial Value Method
The analysis of plates may be either “rigorous” or “approximate”. The rigorous analysis consists of techniques for seeking direct solutions to the partical differential equation of plates . A rigorous solution of rectangular plates can be obtained only for a limited number of cases. For the majority of practical problems, a rigorous solution either can not be found or is of such a complicated nature that it can be applied only with great difficulty in a practical computation. For many cases, approximate methods are the only approaches that can be employed. Of the many numerical methods used, finite-element  and finite-difference [3, 4, 5] techniques are the most frequently used methods.
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