## Abstract

This paper thoroughly examines the singularity of stress resultants of the form r^{-ξ} F (θ) for 0<ξ≤1 as r→0 (Williams-type singularity) at the vertex of an isotropic thick plate; the singularity is caused by homogeneous boundary conditions around the vertex. An eigenfunction expansion is applied to derive the first known asymptotic solution for displacement components, from the equilibrium equations of Reddy's third-order shear deformation plate theory. The characteristic equations for determining the singularities of stress resultants are presented for ten sets of boundary conditions. These characteristic equations are independent of the thickness of the plate, Young's modulus, and shear modulus, but some do depend on Poisson's ratio. The singularity orders of stress resultants for various boundary conditions are expressed in graphic form as a function of the vertex angle. The characteristic equations obtained herein are compared with those from classic plate theory and first-order shear deformation plate theory. Comparison results indicate that different plate theories yield different singular behavior for stress resultants. Only the vertex with simply supported radial edges (S(I)_S(I) boundary condition) exhibits the same singular behavior according to all these three plate theories.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 800-810 |

Number of pages | 11 |

Journal | Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME |

Volume | 69 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Nov 2002 |