The authors are grateful to Professor Simmonds for giving his observations on the paper under discussion. They would like to present their comments on his observations.
The authors’ comments on the first paragraph (which starts with “This paper joins a host of others,…”) of observations by Professor Simmonds:
The observations in the just mentioned paragraph are not specifically directed toward the paper under discussion, but are directed, in general, toward host of papers (beginning with the seminal papers of Reissner) wherein boundary edge effects are not specifically taken into account.
The observations imply that as Reissner does not address the boundary edge effects, refinement brought in by his work is illusory. However, at the same time, the papers of Reissner are referred to as “seminal papers.” The authors detect contradiction in the observations.
The authors do feel that...