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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 179-189

Reissner-Mindlin plate theory for elastodynamics

Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, 2101 Village Road, SRL-MD 2115, Dearborn 48124, MI, USA

Received 14 January 2004; Revised 11 May 2004

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Existence and uniqueness of solution are proved for elastodynamics of Reissner-Mindlin plate model. Higher regularity is proved under the assumptions of smoother data and certain compatibility conditions. A mass scaling is introduced. When the thickness approaches zero, the solution of the clamped Reissner-Mindlin plate is shown to approach the solution of a Kirchhoff-Love plate.