This paper is concerned with nonlinear free vibrations of generally laminated anisotropic elastic plates. Based on Reissner’s variational principle a nonlinear plate theory is developed. The effects of transverse shear, rotatory inertia, transverse normal stress, and transverse normal contraction or extension are included in this theory. Using the Galerkin procedure and principle of harmonic balance, approximate solutions to governing equations of unsymmetrically laminated rectangular plates including transverse shear, rotatory inertia, and transverse normal stress are formulated for various boundary conditions. Numerical results for the ratio of nonlinear frequency to linear frequency of unsymmetric angle-ply and cross-ply laminates are presented graphically for various values of elastic properties, fiber orientation angle, number of layers, and aspect ratio and for different boundary conditions. Present results are also compared with available data.

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