Natural frequencies of doubly symmetric cross section, isotropic cantilever beams, based on both Euler and Timoshenko theories, are presented for 36 combinations of linear depth and breadth taper. Results obtained by a new dynamic discretization technique include the first eight frequencies for all geometries and the stress distribution patterns for the first four (six) modes in the case of the wedge. Comparisons are drawn wherever possible with exact solutions and with other numerical results appearing in the literature. The results display outstanding accuracy and demonstrate that it is possible to model with high precision the dynamic behaviour of continuous systems by discretization on to a strictly limited number of degrees of freedom.

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