Free Vibration of a Thick Sandwich Plate Using Higher Order Shear Deformation Theory and DQM for Different Boundary Conditions

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Centre of Excellence for Research in Advanced Materials and Structures, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


In this paper, the effect of different boundary conditions on the free vibration analysis response of a sandwich plate is presented using the higher order shear deformation theory. The face sheets are orthotropic laminated composites that follow the first order shear deformation theory (FSDT) based on the Rissners-Mindlin (RM) kinematics field. The motion equations are derived considering the continuity boundary conditions between the layers based on the energy method and Hamilton's principle. The frequency and mode shapes of the structure are obtained using the differential quadrature method (DQM). The effects of different parameters such as the face sheet-to-core stiffness ratio, the boundary conditions, and the core-to-face sheet thickness ratio on the frequency of the sandwich plate are shown. Moreover, the numerical results indicate that the frequency of the CCCC and CFFF sandwich plates predict the higher and lower frequency, respectively.


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