This paper addresses the problem of steady deflection of a very flexible spinning disk due to transverse loads that are fixed in space. We first approach this problem within the context of membrane theory. The membrane differential operator is classified and shown to be hyperbolic in the outer region and elliptic in the inner portion. The characteristics are studied and qualitatively compared with some experimentally observed standing waves in the outer region of a membrane-like disk. The eigenvalue problem is examined and the membrane operator is found to be singular. We therefore conclude that the problem of interest cannot be solved within the context of membrane theory. Finally, the problem is formulated with bending stiffness retained. The concentrated load problem is solved by use of a Fourier series expansion in the angular direction in conjunction with a numerical solution for the radial modes. Graphical results are presented for various values of the stiffness parameter and load location.

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