Four distinct theories describing the flexural motion of thermoelastic thin plates are compared. The theories are due to Chadwick , Lagnese and Lions , Simmonds  and Norris . Chadwick's theory requires a 3D spatial equation for the temperature but is considered the most accurate as the others are derivable from it by different approximations. Attention is given to the damping of flexural waves. Analytical and quantitative comparisons indicate that the Lagnese and Lions model with a 2D temperature equation captures the essential features of the thermoelastic damping, but contains systematic inaccuracies. These are attributable to the approximation for the first moment of the temperature used in deriving the Lagnese and Lions equation. Simmonds' model with an explicit formula for temperature in terms of plate deflection is the simplest of all but is accurate only at low frequency, where the damping is linearly proportional to the frequency. It is shown that the Norris model, which is almost as simple as Simmonds', is as accurate as the more precise but involved theory of Chadwick.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics