A Mixed Finite Element Method for Layered Composite Plates

  • J. E. Akin
  • Y. W. Kwon
Conference paper


A mixed finite element formulation, obtained from thick plate theory, is applied to layered composite plates. These elements include the shear deformation of a plate so as to solve layered composite plate problems more accurately. The mixed isoparametric element family has four degrees of freedom per node; three moments and a transverse deflection. Examples will show that the elements are easy to implement and are quite accurate.


Composite Plate Shear Deformation Theory Finite Element Solution Mixed Finite Element Element Bending 
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© Springer Japan 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Akin
    • 1
  • Y. W. Kwon
    • 2
  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Oil Technology Services, Inc.HoustonUSA

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