In this paper some initial boundary value problems for beam and plate equations will be studied. These initial boundary values problems can be regarded as simple models describing free oscillations of plates on elastic foundations or describing coupled torsional and vertical oscillations of a beam. An approximation for the solution of the initial-boundary value problem will be constructed by using a two-timescales perturbation method. For the plate on an elastic foundation it turns out that complicated internal resonances can occur for specific parameter values.

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