This paper focuses on the application of orthotropic plate bending theory, particularly of Schade’s design curves, to the scantlings assessment of deck primary supporting members in absence of pillars. Preliminarily, a review of Schade’s works is presented, paying attention to the design curves relative to the plate with all edges clamped, that are almost totally incomplete. Therefore a numerical solution for the clamped orthotropic plate equation is obtained. The Ritz method is adopted, expressing the vertical displacement field by a double cosine trigonometric series, whose coefficients are determined by solving a linear equation system. Several design curves are proposed for different values of the torsional parameter in a range comprised between 0 and 1, as functions of the virtual aspect ratio comprised between 1 and 8, in order to estimate the asymptotic behaviour of the orthotropic plate for high values of the above mentioned parameter. Finally, a numerical application relative to the deck of a fast ferry is presented.

### Design charts for clamped orthotropic plates

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This paper focuses on the application of orthotropic plate bending theory, particularly of Schade’s design curves, to the scantlings assessment of deck primary supporting members in absence of pillars. Preliminarily, a review of Schade’s works is presented, paying attention to the design curves relative to the plate with all edges clamped, that are almost totally incomplete. Therefore a numerical solution for the clamped orthotropic plate equation is obtained. The Ritz method is adopted, expressing the vertical displacement field by a double cosine trigonometric series, whose coefficients are determined by solving a linear equation system. Several design curves are proposed for different values of the torsional parameter in a range comprised between 0 and 1, as functions of the virtual aspect ratio comprised between 1 and 8, in order to estimate the asymptotic behaviour of the orthotropic plate for high values of the above mentioned parameter. Finally, a numerical application relative to the deck of a fast ferry is presented.
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