Using the Hybrid Finite Element approach suggested by Pian,
finite elements are derived and tested for the static analysis
of isotropic and orthotropic plate structures.
The deflections and stresses of loaded clamped and simply
supported orthotropic plates are computed and compared with
existing work. The variation of structural properties with the angle between global axes and elastic properties is also
investigated. Results agreed with existing work.
A Masters Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the award of Master of Science of Loughborough University.