In this paper, different structural arrangements of the transverse frames in an orthogonally stiffened plate are investigated from the bending response point of view. The transverse frames are assumed to be either fixed or floating. Other alternate placements of the transverse frames are also included in the comparative calculations. Stress and deflection contours are obtained via finite element analyses. Finally, some recommendations are outlined comparing the results of maximum stress and deflection with the allowable limits.

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