Consideration is given to the problem of predicting the flexural rigidity of plates reinforced by parallel, equally spaced stiffeners for the direction (in the plane of the plate) normal to the stiffener orientation, as well as the stresses induced by a bending moment acting in this direction. The determination of this lateral flexural rigidity is formulated in terms of a problem in plane elasticity which may be solved by the finite-difference method for specific cases. Results obtained by this method are compared with those obtained by a simpler approximate procedure. An explicit relation is derived for the flexural rigidity associated with Poisson contraction. Experimental results are introduced and compared with theoretical predictions.

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