An analytical method for predicting the elastoplastic bending of rectangular plates with large deflection is studied. The effects of plastic strain and large deflection on plate deformation are shown to be the same as a set of applied external forces on the plate in the classical elastic small deflection theory. The calculated deflection for purely elastic plates compares well with previous existing solutions. For the plates considered, the deflection is increased only slightly by plastic strain; however, the maximum extreme fiber stress is considerably relieved by plastic yielding.

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