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Open Access Implementation of the Nodal Discontinuous Galerkin Method for the Plate Vibration Problem using Linear Elasticity Equations

This work presents a numerical solution of the forced plate vibration problem using the nodal discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method. The plate is modelled as a three-dimensional domain, and its vibration is governed by the linear elasticity equations. The nodal DG method discretises the spatial domain and computes the spatial derivatives of the equations element-wise, while the time integration is conducted using the Runge-Kutta method. This method is in particular of interest as it is very favourable to carry out the computation by a parallel implementation. Several aspects regarding the numerical implementation such as the plate boundary conditions, the point force excitation, and the upwind numerical flux are presented. The numerical results are validated for rectangular concrete plates with different sets of boundary conditions and thicknesses, by a comparison with the exact mobilities that are derived from the classical plate theory (CPT) and the first order shear deformation theory (FSDT). The plate thickness is varied to understand its effect regarding the comparison with the CPT. An excellent agreement between the numerical solution and the FSDT was found. The agreement with the CPT occurs only at the first couple of resonance frequencies, and as the plate is getting thinner. Furthermore, the numerical example is extended to an L-shaped concrete plate. The mobility is then compared with the mobilities obtained by the CPT, FSDT, and linear elasticity equations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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