Reformulation of Navier equations for solving three-dimensional elasticity problems with applications to thick plate analysis
Journal article, 2009
In this paper, a new reformulation of the Navier equations of motion is introduced for solving the known three-dimensional elastostatics and elastodynamics problems. At first, three decoupled equations in terms of displacement components and three decoupled equations in terms of rotation components are obtained. These equations are also invariant with respect to the choice of the coordinate system. In order to solve a three-dimensional elasticity problem based on the presented formulation, one of the three equations in terms of displacement components and the corresponding rotation equation should be solved independently. Using some relations, the other two displacement components can be obtained in terms of the mentioned displacement and rotation component. In order to verify the relations, the closed-form solutions are obtained for deflection and natural frequencies of the thick rectangular plate. The numerical results are compared with available results in the literature and it can be seen that the results of the present study are identical to those of the previous works.