Deflection in "Plate" Hi, question is kind of based on another problem I'm trying to solve. I'm trying to find a max force from a falling object without knowing deflection or time, but that thread is in College Homework Help, because the problem to me resembles it. Anyways, my approach to that problem involves calculating deflection in a plate. I basically have a long narrow plate, about 40' x 1' with a central load. Come to think of it, I'm going to need equations for a central load, and eccentric. Anyways, if anyone knows of those, or a good reference, I would greatly appreciate it.