3.8 Anisotropic plates

3.8.1 BEM for anisotropic plates

Anisotropic plates are widely used in modern engineering structures. Multilayered composite plates are an example of anisotropic plates whose design demands reliable modeling and numerical treatment. The direct BEM formulation could offer an efficient computational tool for the analysis of anisotropic plates. However, we come across practically insurmountable difficulties, because the fundamental solution is too complicated and its analytical and numerical treatment requires special care. This is reflected in the literature; the number of publications in which the BEM is applied to anisotropic plates is notably very few. Nevertheless, in the last 25 years important advances in the application ...

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