This article was translated by Google Translator

View original text

Which bending theory should be used for the calculation of plates and shells - Kirchhoff or Mindlin?


In the "Calculation Parameters" dialog box, you can choose between the two bending theories (see Figure 01).

Figure 01 - Specifying Plate Bending Theory

Shear force deformations are included in the calculation according to Mindlin , but are not considered according to Kirchhoff . This means: For thicker plates and shells, the Mindlin theory leads to good results, for thin elements, the Kirchhoff theory.


plate bending theory bending theory Kirchhoff Mindlin

Contact us

Did you find your question?
If not, contact us via our free e-mail, chat, or forum support, or send us your question via the online form.

+49 9673 9203 0

RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD