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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 22
Edited by: M. Papadrakakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper I.11

Galerkin Elements for Vibration of Nonuniform Plates

A.Y.T. Leung

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
A.Y.T. Leung, "Galerkin Elements for Vibration of Nonuniform Plates", in M. Papadrakakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Advances in Finite Element Techniques", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 63-73, 1994. doi:10.4203/ccp.22.1.11
The effectiveness of the Galerkin method (or the Rayleigh-Ritz method) is well known due to its simplicity and its fast convergent properties when using complete set of orthogonal functions (Galerkin functions) in the vibration of rectangular plates. However, since all Galerkin functions are required to satisfy at least the essential boundary conditions, it is restricted to global analysis when the boundary conditions are given. No element matrices have been generated by the Galerkin method because the boundary conditions are still unknown. On the other hand, the convergence of the finite element method is not as good as the Galerkin method in terms of computational counts in vibration analysis. A new method is introduced to form the dynamic stiffness matrix by means of orthogonal Galerkin functions.

We demonstrate the power of the method by calculating the natural modes of a non-uniform rectangular plate of 65536x256 kinds of boundary conditions in a single program.

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