||CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 177-192, 2007
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||large deformation, Reissner-Mindlin plate theory, meshless collocation, radial basis functions.
||In this paper, we perform a geometrically nonlinear analysis of Reissner-Mindlin plate by using a meshless collocation method. The use of the smooth radial basis functions (RBFs) gives an advantage to evaluate higher order derivatives of the solution at no cost on extra-interpolation. The computational cost is low and requires neither the connectivity of mesh in the domain/boundary nor integrations of fundamental/particular solutions. The coupled nonlinear terms in the equilibrium equations for both the plane stress and plate bending problems are treated as body forces. \ Two load increment schemes are developed to solve the nonlinear differential equations. Numerical verifications are given to demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed method in comparing with exact solutions and results from using the finite element software (ABAQUS).