In the present paper, using an improved Reissner’s variational theorem along with Berger’s hypothesis, a set of governing equations which include the effects of transverse shear deformation and rotatory inertia is derived for the large amplitude free vibrations of plates composed of a transversely isotropic material. Applying the possibility of neglecting the rotatory inertia in primarily flexural vibration (discussed in the previous work [1]2), the lateral free vibrations of simply supported plates are treated in detail and the solution is compared with those of previous investigators. The free vibration of beams is studied as a special case of plates, while the small amplitude vibrations are treated as a special case of large amplitude vibrations. The numerical results show that the effect of transverse shear deformation is significant when applying to the plate constructions made of pyrolytic graphite-type materials.

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