The natural frequencies and associated composite loss factor have been determined for a finite-length laminated plate having alternate elastic and viscoelastic layers. Partial differential equations in terms of the variables of the plate are derived and, with the loading equation for a freely vibrating plate, a set of simultaneous partial differential equations is formed. Of two solutions considered the first is general and the second satisfies the boundary condition for a simply supported plate. In both cases, the resulting algebraic simultaneous equations are complex since the shear modulus of the viscoelastic material is a complex expression. In the first case, the expressions could not be solved directly since the value of the eigenvalues depended upon the boundary conditions, whereas the eigenvalues for the simply supported plate could be easily chosen. The simply supported case is solved and the results plotted for specific dimensionless parameters.

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