A shear-locking free isoparametric three-node triangular finite element is considered for the study of frequency response of moderately thick and thin composite plates. The strain displacement relationship is based on Reissner-Mindlin plate theory that accounts for transverse shear deformations into the plate formulation to circumvent the shear locking effect. The element is developed with full integration scheme; hence the element remains kinematically stable. The performance of the element for the case of static load response using the shear correction terms to shear strain components applied to a composite plate has been studied. The natural frequencies and mode shapes in accordance with varying mode numbers, are deduced and the results are compared with the available analytical and finite element solutions in literature.

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