SS-V: 1040 Clamped Thin Plate

Test No. VS05 Obtain the displacement at the center of a clamped thin plate for concentrated load and uniform pressure load.


A square plate clamped on four edges (Figure 1) is subjected to the following loads (Figure 2):

  • uniform pressure
  • concentrated load

The units are IPS.

Figure 1.

Figure 2.

The material properties are:
Modulus of Elasticity
1.7472e+7 psi
Poisson's Ratio


The following table summarizes the displacement at the center [in].
Theory (Kirchoff's Plate Bending Model) SimSolid % Difference
Uniform load 1.2600E-06 1.2688E-06 0.70%
Point load 5.6000E-06 5.6186E-06 0.33%

1 MacNeal, R.H., and Harder, R.L., A Proposed Standard Set of Problems to Test Finite Element Accuracy, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 1 (1985) 3-20.