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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 124296, 13 pages
Research Article

Free Vibration Analysis of Symmetrically Laminated Folded Plate Structures Using an Element-Free Galerkin Method

1College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
2Guangxi Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention and Engineering Safety, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China

Received 21 July 2014; Revised 14 November 2014; Accepted 14 November 2014

Academic Editor: Kim M. Liew

Copyright © 2015 L. X. Peng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An element-free Galerkin method for the solution of free vibration of symmetrically laminated folded plate structures is introduced. Employing the mature meshfree folded plate model proposed by the author, a folded laminated plate is simulated as a composite structure of symmetric laminates that lie in different planes. Based on the first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) and the moving least-squares (MLS) approximation, the stiffness and mass matrices of the laminates are derived and supposed to obtain the stiffness and mass matrices of the entire folded laminated plate. The equation governing the free vibration behaviors of the folded laminated plate is thus established. Because of the meshfree characteristics of the proposed method, no mesh is involved to determine the stiffness and mass matrices of the laminates. Therefore, the troublesome remeshing can be avoided completely from the study of such problems as the large deformation of folded laminated plates. The calculation of several numerical examples shows that the solutions given by the proposed method are very close to those given by ANSYS, using shell elements, which proves the validity of the proposed method.