A
WATER
RESOURCES
TECHNICAL
ENGINEERING
MONOGRAPH
PUBLICATION
NO.
27
A
WATER
RESOURCES
TECHNICAL
Engineering
Monograph
NO. P7
PUBLICATION
By 
W. 
T. MOODY 
Division 
of Design 

Denver, 
Colorado 
United
States
Department
of
the
Interior
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
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the Nation’s 
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agency, 
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nationally 
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resources. 
This includes 
fostering 
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wisest 
use 
of 

our 
land and water 
resources, 
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our 
fish 
and wildlife, 
preserv 

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the environmental 
and 
cultural 
values 
of 
our 
national 
parks 
and 

historical 
places, 
and 
providing 
for 
the 
enjoyment 
of 
life 
through 
out 

door 
recreation. 
The 
Department 
assesses 
our 
energy 
and 
mineral 

resources 
and 
works 
to 
assure 
that 
their 
development 
is 
in 
the 
best 

interests of 
all 
our 
people. 
The 
Department 
also 
has 
a major 
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Indian 
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communities 
and 
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people 

who 
live in 
Island 
Territories 
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U.S. 
Administration. 
First Printing: 
October 1963 
Revised: July 1963 

Reprinted: April 
1966 
Reprinted: July 1970 Reprinted: June 1975
Reprinted: December 1976 Reprinted: January 1978 Reprinted: April 1980
Reprinted: March 1983
Reprinted:
June 1986
Reprinted: August 1990
U.S. GOVERNMENT WASHINGTON
PRINTING
:
1978
OFFICE
THIS 
MONOGRAPH 
presents a series 
of 
tables 
con 

taining 
computed 
data 
for 
use in 
the design 
of 

components 
of structures 
which 
can 
be 
idealized 

as rectangular 
plates 
or slabs. 
Typical 
examples 

are wall 
and footing 
panels of counterfort 
retaining 

walls. 
The 
tables 
provide 
the 
designer 
with 
a 

rapid and economical 
means 
of 
analyzing 
the 

structures 
at 
representative 
points. 
The 
data 

presented, 
as 
indicated 
in 
the 
accompanying 

figure 
on the frontispiece, 
were computed 
for 
fivl: 

sets of boundary 
conditions, 
nine ratios of lateral 

dimensions, 
and 
eleven 
loadings 
typical 
of 
those 

encountered in design. 

_{T}_{h}_{e} 
_{w}_{r}_{i}_{t}_{e}_{r} 
_{w}_{a}_{s} 
_{a}_{s}_{s}_{i}_{s}_{t}_{e}_{d} 
_{i}_{n} 
_{t}_{h}_{e} 
_{n}_{u}_{m}_{e}_{r}_{i}_{c}_{a}_{l} 

computations 
by 
W. 
S. Young, J. 
R. 
Brizzolara, 

_{a}_{n}_{d} 
_{D}_{.} 
_{M}_{i}_{s}_{t}_{e}_{r}_{e}_{k}_{.} 
_{H}_{.} 
_{J}_{.} _{K}_{a}_{h}_{m} 
_{a}_{s}_{s}_{i}_{s}_{t}_{e}_{d} 
_{i}_{n} 
_{t}_{h}_{e} 

computations 
and in checking 
the results obtained. 
As supplementary 
guides 
to 
the 
use and devel 

opment 
of 
the 
data 
compiled 
in this 
monograph, 

two 
appendixes 
are included. 
The 
first 
appendix 

presents 
an example 
of application 
of 
the data 
to 

a typical 
structure. 
The second appendix 
explains 

the basic mathematical considerations and develops 

the 
application 
of 
the finite 
difference 
method 
to 

the solution 
of 
plate 
problems. 
A 
series 
of 

drawings 
in the appendixes 
presents 
basic relations 

which will 
aid 
in 
application 
of 
the 
method 
to 

other problems. 
Other 
drawings 
illustrate appli 

cation of 
the method to 
one 
of 
the specific cases 

and 
lateral 
dimension 
ratios 
included 
in 
the 

monograph. 

The 
figures 
were 
prepared 
by 
H. 
E. 
Willmann. 

Solutions 
of 
the 
simultaneous 
equations 
were 

performed 
using 
an electronic 
calculator 
under 
the 

direction 
of 
F. 
E. 
Swain. 
Acknowledgments
CASE
I
LOAD
I
LOAD
H
CASE 2 
CASE 3 
CASE 4 
CASE 5 

PLATE FIXED 
*Lowe 

FOVR EOBES 

BOUNDARY 
CONOITIONS 
0IL!kl^{G}id ;pd 

LpA 
id pd 

LOAD n 
LOAD 
IU 
LOAD Ip 
LOAD Y 

“NWORY LOAD 
OVER 
“NlFORY 
LOAD 
OVER 
“WlFORYLI 
“ARIINO LOAD 
“NlFORYLl “ARIINO 
LOAD 

e/3 THE “EIBHT 
113 
THE 
HEIOHT 
OVER 
THE FVLL HEIGHT 
OVER e/3 TM 
ns,en* 

OF THE PLITE 
OF 
THE 
PLATE 
OF 
THE 
PLATE 
OF 
THE PLATE 

H p L 

LOAD PII 
LOAD 
Pm 
LOAD iI 
LOAD I 

_{“}_{N}_{l}_{F}_{O}_{R}_{Y}_{L}_{”} _{“}_{A}_{W}_{l}_{N}_{O} _{L}_{O}_{A}_{D} 
UNIFORM YOYEW 
ALOW 
UNIFORM LINE LOAD 
“WIFORYL” “m”I*e 
LOAD 

OVER l/6 OF T”E PLATE 
THE “ElB”f 
f 
IHE soce OASES I, L. y  
b AND 5 
FOR 
ILOWO WE FREE EOBE FOR OASES I AND 3 
D 
o ALOWO yb/e 

P 

7 

Pq 

ka+ 

LOAD H 

“WIFORYLI 
“ARIIYB 
LOAD 

p  
0 ALON0 x 
 a,* 

LOADING 
CONDITIONS 

NOTES 

The 
variaus 
cases 
are 
analyzed 
for 
the 
indicated 

ratios 
of 
o/b. 

Coses 
I, 
e, 
and 3: 
I/B, 
1f4, 
3/s, 
I/Z, 
3/a, 
I, ond 3/z. 

Cose 
4 
: 
l/8, 
l/4, 
3/0, 
I/2, 
314, 
and I. 

Case 
5 
: 
310, 
I/S?, 
s/8, 
3/4, 
7/e, 
ond I. 

All 
results 
are 
bored 
on a 
Poisson’s 
ratio of 0.2. 

INDEX OF BOUNDARY 
AND 
LOADING 
CONDITIONS 
FRONTISPIECE
Preface 
Page 

and 
Acknowledgments 
. 
. 
. 

 ____ 
 _____________ 
ill 

Frontispiece 
 __ 
 
iv 

Introduction 
 _________________ 
1 

Method of Analysis 
 ______ 
3 

Results 
 ______  
5 

Effect of Poisson’s Ratio 
________ 
6 

Accuracy of Method of Analysis 
43 

_{A}_{p}_{p}_{e}_{n}_{d}_{i}_{x} I 
 _________________ 
45 

An Application 
to a Design Problem   
_ 
__ 
45 

Appendix I I 
_ 
49 

The Finite Difference Method 
 _ 
49 

Introduction 
 
49 

____________________________ General Mathematical Relations  
_ 
49 

Application 
__ to Plate Fixed Along Three Edges and Free Along __ 
_ 

the Fourth 
 
54 

__________________________________ 

_{L}_{i}_{s}_{t} _{o}_{f} _{,}_{R}_{e} _{f} erences _____ 
89 
LIST 
OF 
FIGURES 

Number 
PW 


and reaction coefficients, Load >_ 
7 

fixed along
Plate 
and reaction coefficients, Load 

II, 213 uniform load 
___ 
8 

Plate fixed along 

III, l/3 uniform load 
______________________________ 
9 

fixed along three edges, moment and reaction coefficients, Load 

IV, uniformly varying load 
_ 
10 
vi
Number
CONTENTS
me
Plate 
and reaction coefficients, 
Load 

V, 213 uniformly 
varyingload 
_ 
 
 
________ 
11 

Plate 
and reaction coefficients, 
Load 

VI, l/3 uniformly 
varying 
load 
 
____________________ 
12 

fixed
Plate 
and 
reaction coefficients, 
Load 

VII, l/6 uniformly 
varyingload_ 
 
______________ 
13 

Plate 
and reaction coefficients, 
Load 

VIII, moment 
at free edge 
 
____________ 
14 

Plate 
and reaction coefficients, 
Load 

IX, lineload 
at free edge 
_____________ 
15 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
I, uniform 
load 
   _  
_ 
16 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
II, 
213 uniform 
load_  
_ 
17 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
III, 
l/3 uniform 
load  
 
 
_ 
18 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
IV, 
uniformly 
varying 
load  
__ 
19 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
V, 213 uniformly 
varying 
load_ 
_ 
20 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
VI, 
l/3 uniformly 
varying 
load_ 
_ 
21 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
VII, 
l/6 
uniformly 
varying 
load 
_ 
22 

fixed along 
three edgesHinged 
along 
one edge, moment 
and 

reaction coefficients, Load 
VIII, 
moment 
at hinged 
edge      _ 
23 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
I, uniform 
load 
_ 
24 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and react,ion 
coefficients, 
Load 
II, 
213 uniform 
load 
_ 
25 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
III, 
l/3 
uniform 
load 
_ _ 
26 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
IV, 
uniformly 
varying 
load. 
27 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction coefficients, Load V, 213 uniformly varying 

load   
28 

_______ 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
VI, 
l/3 
uniformly 
varying 

load_   __ 
29 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
VII, 
l/6 
uniformly varying 

load  __ ~~~~~~~~~~ __ 
30 

fixed along 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, mo 

ment and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 
VIII, 
moment 
at 
free 
edge  
31 

fixed
Plate 
one edgeHinged 
along 
two 
opposite 
edges, 

moment and reaction coefficients, Load 
IX, 
line load 
at free edge 
32 

fixed along 
two adjacent 
edges, moment 
and 
reaction 
coefll 

cients, Load 
I, 
uniform 
load 
 __________ 
 
33 
Number
CONTENTS
page
vii
fixed along two adjacent edges, moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load II, 213 uniform load 
______________ 
34 

fixed along two adjacent edges, moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load III, l/3 uniform load 
_        
_ 
35 

fixed along two adjacent edges, moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load IV, uniformly varying load 
 _  _   
 
 
_ 
36 

fixed along two adjacent edges, 
moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load V, 2/3 uniformly varying 
load 
_       
_ 
37 

fixed along two adjacent edges, 
moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load VI, l/3 uniformly varying 
load 
_     
_ 
38 

fixed along two adjacent edges, moment 
and 
reaction 
coef 

ficients, Load VII, l/6 uniformly varying 
load 
_ 
39 

fixed along four edges, moment 
and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 

I,uniformload   ____ _____________________ 
40 

fixed along four edges, moment 
and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 

X, uniformly varying load, p=O along 
y=b/2 
__________ 
41 

fixed along four edges, moment 
and reaction 
coefficients, 
Load 

XI, uniformly varying load, p=O 
along x=a/2 .. 
42 

Counterfort
wall, design 
46 

Grid point designation and notation 
_   _  _   
_ 
50 

Sheet I _______________ 
 
__ 
_ 
56 

Loaddeflection relations, 
57 

relations, Loaddeflection Sheet 
58 

relations, Loaddeflection Sheet 
 
__ 
59 

___ 

relations, vertical spacing: 
3 at 
h; 
1 at 
h/2, 
Sheet V 
60 

relations, vertical spacing: 
2 at 
h; 
2 at 
h/2, 
Sheet VI 
61 

relations, vertical spacing: 
2 at 
h; 
1 at 
h/2; 
1 at 
h/4, 

SheetVII ___ _ ______________________ 
 
62 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 
at 
h; 
3 
at 
h/2, 
Sheet 

VIII __ __ 
63 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 at 
h; 
1 at 
h/2; 
2 at 
h/4, 

SheetIX  ___ _________ _ 
 
64 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 
each 
at 
h, 
h/2, 
h/4, 

and h/8, Sheet X 
_____________________________ 
6.5 

relations, vertical spacing: 
4 at 
h/2, 
Sheet 
Xl 
_ 
66 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 at 
h/2; 
3 
at 
h/4, 
Sheet 

XII 
 
 
67 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 at 
h/2 ; 
1 at 
h/4; 
2 
at 

h/8, Sheet XIII 
 _____________________ 
68 

Loaddeflection relations, 
 
69 

relations, vertical spacing: 
1 at 
h/4; 
3 at 
h/8, 
Sheet 

xv  
 
70 

relations, vertical spacing: 
4 at 
h/8, 
Sheet XVI 
71 

relations, horizontal spacing: 
4 at 
rh/2, 
Sheet XVII 
72 

relations, horizontal spacing: 
3 
at 
rh/2; 
1 
at 
rh, 

SheetXVIII__ 
73 

relations, horizontal spacing: 
2 
at 
rh/2; 
2 
at 
rh, 

SheetXIX  _______________________ 
___ 
______ 
74 

relations, horizontal spacing: 
1 
at 
rh/2 
; 
3 
at 
rh, 

Sheet xX __ ___ ________________________________ 
75 
_{V}_{i}_{i}_{i}
CONTENTS
Number 
PW 

59. 
Loaddeflection relations, horizontal spacing: 4 at rh, Sheet XXI _ 
76 

60. 
Momentdeflectionrelations 
________ 
77 

61. 
Momentdeflection relations, various point spacings _ 
78 

62. 
Sheardeflection 
relations, Sheet I     
   _ 
79 

63. 
Sheardeflection 
relations, Sheet II 
__________ 
80 

64. 
Sheardeflection relations, Sheet III 
_ 
81 

65. 
Loaddeflection coefficients, r=1/4, p=O.2 
 _________ 
82 

66. 
Plate fixed along three edges30 equations for determining unknown 

deflections. a/b=114 _______________ 
 
 ______ _____ 
83 

67. 
Plate fixed along three edges, deflection coefficients. a/b=114 

Variousloadings _   ________ 
84 

68. 
Plate fixed along three edges20 equations for determining unknown 

deflections. a/b=114 
_____ 
85 

69. 
Numerical values of typical moment and reaction arrays, r=1/4, 

p=o.2 
_{_}_{_} 
 
____ 
 
 ___ 
 
86 

70. 
Plate fixed along three edges, deflectionsreactionsbending 

moments,Load 
I. a/b=1/4, p=O.2 
 _______ 
87 

LIST OF TABLES 

NUmb6T 
Pap 
1. 
Effect of Poisson’s Ratio (p) on Coefficients of Maximum 
Bending 

Moment at the Center of a Uniformly 
Loaded Rectangular Plate 

Fixed along Four Edges 
_ ___ 
 
___ 
_ 
_____ 
6 

Comparison 
Bending Moment 
at 
the 

Center of a Uniformly 
Loaded Rectangular Plate Fixed along 

FourEdges  ________ 
  ____________________ ____ 
43 

3. 
M, for Heel Slab at Supports 
______ 
______ 
47 


______ 
47 


 _ ____________________ _____ 
48 


______________________________ 
48 
CERTAIN COMPONENTSof many 
structures 
may 
be 
II 
of 
this 
monograph, 
makes possible 
the analysis 

logically 
idealized as laterally 
loaded, 
rectangular 
of rectangular plates 
for 
any 
of 
the 
usual 
types 

plates 
or slabs having 
various 
conditions 
of edge 
of edge conditions, 
and 
in 
addition 
it 
can readily 

support. 
This monograph 
presents 
tables 
of 
take 
into 
account 
virtually 
all 
types 
of loading. 

coefficients 
which can 
be 
used 
to 
determine 
An 
inherent disadvantage 
of 
the 
method 
lies 
in 

moments 
and reactions 
in 
such 
structures 
for 
the 
great 
amount 
of work 
required 
in 
solution 
of 

various 
loading conditions 
,and 
for 
several 
ratios 
the 
large 
number 
of simultaneous 
equations 
to 

of lateral 
dimensions. 
which 
it 
gives rise. 
However, 
such equations 
can 

The 
finite difference 
method 
was 
used 
in 
the 
be readily 
systematized and solved 
by an electronic 

analysis 
of the structures 
and 
in 
the 
development 
calculator, 
thus largely 
offsetting 
this 
disadvan 

of the tables. This method, 
described 
in Appendix 
tage. 
THE FINITE 
difference 
method 
is 
based 
on 
t,he 

usual 
approximate 
theory 
for 
the bending 
of 
thin 

plates 
subjected to 
lateral 
loads.‘* 
The 
custom 

ary assumptions are made, therefore, 
with 
regard 

to 
homogeneity, 
isotropy, 
conformance 
with 

Hooke’s 
law, 
and 
relative 
magnitudes 
of 
de 

flections, 
thickness, 
and lateral 
dimensions. 
(See 

Appendix 
II.) 

Solution 
by 
finite 
differences 
provides a means 

of 
determining 
a 
set 
of 
deflections 
for 
discrete 

points 
of 
a 
plate 
subjected to 
given 
loading 
and 

_{e}_{d}_{g}_{e} _{c}_{o}_{n}_{d}_{i}_{t}_{i}_{o}_{n}_{s}_{.} 
The 
deflections 
are determined 

in 
such 
a manner 
that 
the deflection 
of 
any 
point, 

together 
with 
those 
of 
certain 
nearby 
points, 

satisfy 
finite 
difference 
relations 
which 
correspond 

to 
the 
differential 
expressions 
of 
the 
usual 
plate 

theory. 
These 
expressions 
relate 
coordinates 
and 

deflections 
to 
load 
and 
edge conditions. 

*Numbers 
in superscript 
refer 
to publications 
in 
List 
of References on 
page 89.
In this 
study, 
for 
each load 
and ratio 
of lateral 

dimensions, 
deflections 
were 
determined 
at 
30 
or 

more grid 
points 
by solution 
of 
an equal 
number 
of 

simultaneous 
equations. 
A relatively 
closer spac 

ing 
of 
points was 
used 
in 
some instances 
near 

fixed boundaries 
t’o attain 
the desired 
accuracy 
in 

this 
region 
of high 
curvature. 
For the 
a/b ratios 

l/4 
and 
l/8, 
one and 
two 
additional 
sets, respec 

tively, 
of 
five deflections 
were 
determmed 
in 
the 

vicinity 
of 
the x axis. 
Owing 
to the limitations 
on 

computer 
capacity, 
these 
deflections 
were 
com 

puted 
by 
solutions 
of 
supplementary 
sets 
of 
_{2}_{0} 

equations 
whose 
righthand 
members 
were 
func 

tions of certain of the initially 
computed 
deflections 

as well 
as of 
the loads. 
In 
each case, the solution 

of the equations 
was made 
through the 
use 
of 
an 

electronic calculator. 

Computations 
of 
moments 
and reactions 
were 

made 
using desk calculators 
and the 
appropriate 

finite 
difference 
relations. 
The 
finite 
difference 

relations 
used are discussed 
in Appendix 
II. 
FIGURES 1 through 36 present the results of these 
Load V: Uniformly 
varying 
load over 213 

studies as tables of dimensionless coefficients for 
the height 
of the plate. 

the rectangular components of bending moment 
Load VI: 
Uniformly 
varying 
load over 
l/3 

and for reactions at the supports. The studies 
the height 
of the plate. 

were carried out 
for the following 
edge, or boun 
Load VII 
: Uniformly varying load over 
l/6 

dary, conditions : 
the height 
of the plate. 

Case 1: 
Plate fixed along three edges and 
Load 
VIII: 
Uniform moment 
along the 

free along the fourth 
edge. 
edge y=b 
of the plate for 
Cases 1, 2, and 3. 

Case 2: 
Plate fixed along three edges and 
Load 
IX: 
Uniform 
line load along the 
free 

hinged along the fourth edge. 
edge of the plate for Cases 1 and 3. 

Case 3: 
Plate fixed 
along 
one edge, free 
Load 
X: 
Uniformly 
varying 
load, 
p=O 

along the opposite edge, and hinged along 
along y=b/2. 

the other two edges. 
Load 
XI 
: Uniformly varying 
load, 
p = 0 

Case 4: 
Plate fixed 
along 
two adjacent 
along x=a/2. 

edges and free along the other 
two edges. 
Plates with 
the following 
ratios 
of lateral 

Case 5: 
Plate fixed 
along four 
edges. 
dimensions, 
a, 
to height 
b, 
were 
studied 
for 

The loads, selected because they are represent 
the first four cases: l/8, 
l/4, 318, l/2, 
314, 1, 312. 

ative 
of conditions frequently’ ‘encountered in 
The 
analysis 
was carried 
out 
for 
these cases 

structures, are : 
using Loads 
I 
through 
IX and 
all 
dimension 

Load 
I: 
Uniform load over the full height 
ratios, 
except that Load 
IX 
was omitted 
from 

of the plate. 
Case 2 for 
obvious reasons, and Loads VIII 
and 

Load 
II: 
Uniform 
load over 2/3 the height 
IX and the ratio a/b=312 were omitted 
from 

of the plate. 
Case 4. It 
will 
be noted 
that 
for 
the first 
three 

Load III: 
Uniform 
load over l/3 the height 
cases, which have symmetry about a vertical axis, 

of the plate. 
the 
dimension 
a denotes onehalf 
of 
the 
plate 

Load IV: 
Uniformly 
varying load over the 
width, 
and for 
the fourth, 
unsymmetrical case, a 

full height of the plate. 
denotes the 
full width. 
For 
Case 
5, lateral 

AND 
REACTIONS FOR RECTANGULAR 
PLATES 

dimension 
ratios 
of 
318, 
l/2, 
518, 3/4, 
718 and 
1 
can 
be 
determined 
easily, 
since 
the 
deflections 

_{w}_{e}_{r}_{e} 
_{s}_{t}_{u}_{d}_{i}_{e}_{d}_{,} 
_{s}_{u}_{b}_{j}_{e}_{c}_{t}_{e}_{d} 
_{t}_{o} _{L}_{o}_{a}_{d}_{s} _{I}_{,} 
_{X}_{,} 
_{a}_{n}_{d} 
_{X}_{I}_{.} 
computed 
from finite difference 
theory 
are 
in 

_{F}_{o}_{r} 
_{t}_{h}_{i}_{s} 
_{c}_{a}_{s}_{e}_{,} 
_{a} _{a}_{n}_{d} 
_{b} 
_{d}_{e}_{n}_{o}_{t}_{e} 
_{t}_{h}_{e} 
_{f}_{u}_{l}_{l} _{l}_{a}_{t}_{e}_{r}_{a}_{l} 
dependent 
of 
Poisson’s 
ratio. 
Futhermore, 
the 

dimensions. 
All 
numerical 
results are 
based 
on 
bending 
moments 
at, and 
normal 
to, 
the 
fixed 

a value 
of Poisson’s 
ratio 
of 0.2. 
edges are unaffected 
by 
this factor. 
It 
is reason 

The 
arrangement 
of 
the tables is 
such 
t,hat 
able then 
to conclude 
that 
insofar 
as the moments 

each 
coefficient, 
both 
for 
reaction and 
moment, 
which 
are most 
important 
in design are concerned, 

appears 
in 
the 
tables 
at 
a point 
which 
corresponds 
the 
maximum 
effect 
for 
this 
case will 
occur 
at 

geometrically 
to 
its location 
in 
the plate 
as shown 
the center 
of 
the slab. 

_{i}_{n} _{e}_{a}_{c}_{h} _{a}_{c}_{c}_{o}_{m}_{p}_{a}_{n}_{y}_{i}_{n}_{g} 
_{s}_{k}_{e}_{t}_{c}_{h}_{.} 
Table 
1 shows a comparison 
of maximum 
bend 

ing moment 
coeflicients at 
the center 
of a uniformly 

_{E}_{f}_{f}_{e}_{c}_{t} 
_{o}_{f} 
_{P}_{o}_{i}_{s}_{s}_{o}_{n}_{’}_{s} _{R}_{a}_{t}_{i}_{o} 
loaded 
plate 
for several 
values 
of 
p 
and for 
each 

ratio 
of 
a/b 
for 
which 
Case 
5 
was 
computed. 

A 
question 
which 
frequently 
arises 
is: What 
For 
a change 
in 
Poisson’s 
ratio 
from 
0.2 
to 
_{0}_{.}_{3} 

effect 
does 
Poisson’s 
ratio 
have 
on 
the 
bending 
it is noted 
that 
the maximum 
effect 
on the bending 

moments 
in 
a plate? 
For 
the 
plate 
fixed along 
moment 
coefficient 
occurs 
at 
a/b= 
1, 
where 
the 

four 
sides, 
a 
clear 
understanding 
of 
this effect 
change 
in 
the 
coefficient 
is less 
than 
8 percent. 

TABLE 
l.Effect 
of Poisson’s 
Ratio 
(p) on 
Coeficienk 
of 
Maximum 
Bending 
Moment at 
the Center 
of 
a Uniformly 

Loaded 
Rectangular 
Plate 
Fixed 
Along 
Four 
Edges 

^{}^{%} “;I0. 375 
Values 
of M./pa* 

0 
0.1 
0.2 
0.3 

 
0.0423 
0.0424 
0. 
0424 
0.0425 

0. 5 
 
0.0403 
 0.0407 
0.0411 
_{}_{0}_{.}_{0}_{4}_{1}_{5} 

0.625 
