# Thin plate deflection formula

1. Sep 29, 2008

### damo03

Hi. I have been doing some FEA modelling with solid works and am trying to calculate my deflection for a point load at the centre of a clamped periphery (not simply supported) circular thin plate. I need to calculate the theoretical values to make sure that my FEA is correct

The formula I have found is this :

w=(-W/16pieD)*(a^2-r^2*(1+2*ln(a/r)))
for r not = to 0

w= deflection

D=flexual rigidity = Eh^3/(1-v^2)
E=Young's modulus (Pa)
h=plate thickness (m)
v=poissons ratio

When I plug my relevent data into the formula I get stuck because i am using a point load at the centre....therefore my r=0...I cannot find the formula for when the load is at the centre. Can anyone please help?

I have been having no trouble doing this with a distruited load (pressure) but it's the point load that I have been having trouble with.

2. Sep 29, 2008

### minger

You will get a problem using concentrated analytic loadings with erroneously high answers. Roark says in Chapter 11: Flat Plates, Section 1: Common Case:

So, the application of a concentrated loading physically is erroneous. You can try to apply the loading in your FEA as a concentrated surface loading over a finite area. Then use the formula given to get an equivalent radius, thereby which you can get the stresses and deflections.

For uniform loading over a very small central circular area of radius r0, those are Roark cases 16 and 17 depending on the boundary conditions. I can supply those if you would like. I think you have case 17 though (edges fixed rather than simply supported). In that case, the maximum deflection at r=0 is:

$$y_{max} = \frac{ -W a^2}{16 \pi D}$$

Where:

$$W = q \pi r^2_0$$

q being the "pressure", and a being the radius of the flat plate.

3. Sep 29, 2008

### damo03

thanks for that minger. That solves my problem. :)

4. Sep 30, 2008