Introduction
This page includes simple formula for the calculation of the maximum stress and deflection for thin flat
plates under a variety of support and loading conditons. The equations are only valid if the deflection is small
compared to the plate thickness. The plates are all assumed to be steel with a poisson's ratio of 0,3.
The equations are also only reasonably accurate if the thickness is less than 10% of the
diameter. The results can be used for initial estimates  For more accurate results it is recommended that
quality reference books are used i.e "Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain". I also recommend Mitcalc.com see link 1
below  a suite of calculators based on Excel.
The loading scenario for the simply supported rectangular plates assume that the upper edges of the loaded surface are restrained from lifting
such that all of the edges are in contact during the the loading condition.
Note: I have checked the results from some of the equations against results using Mitcalc.com . The deflections and stresses resulting
are generally resonably accurate. I have checked my results against Roark and they seem to be OK.
I would recommend that for more comprehensive calculations including greater detail with more accuracy standard reference texts are used e.g Roarks book.
I have created a excelcalcs based spreadsheet for convenient access to all of the equations on this page. This is located at
ExcelCalcs.com calculation Plates
There are also other detailed calcs/ tables/ graphs for a number of different plate configurations on the excelcalcs site ref.
Excelcalcs Plates
Symbols / Units
r = radius of circular plate (m)
a = major length of rectangular plate (m)
a = outside dia or ring (m)
b = minor length of rectangular plate (m)
b = inside dia of ring(m)
t = plate thickness (m)
p = uniform surface pressure on plate (compressive) (N/m^{2})
P = Single concentrated force (compressive) (N)
σ _{m} = maximum stress(N/m^{2})
y_{m} = maximum deflection (m)
E = Young's moudulus of elasticity (N/m^{2})
ν = Poissan's ratio Assumed to be 0,3 for steel.
D = Flexural rigidity = E.t^{3} / 12 (1v^{2})

Circular Plates
Circular Plate , uniform load , edges simply supported .
Circular Plate , uniform load , edges clamped .
Circular Plate , Centre Load , edges simply supported .
Circular Plate , Centre Load , edges clamped .
Rectangular Plates
Rectangular Flat Plate , uniform load ,edge simply supported.
Rectangular Flat Plate , uniform load ,edge clamped.
Rectangular Flat Plate , concentrated load at centre,edge simply supported.
 a/b 
1,0  1,1  1,2 
1,4  1,6  1,8 
2,0  3,0  4 > 
k_{1} 
0,127  0,138  0,148  0,162  0,17  0,177  0,180  0,185 
0,185 
k_{2} 
0,435  0,565  0,650  0,789  0,875  0,927  0,958  1,000 
0,000 
Rectangular Flat Plate , concentrated load at centre, edge clamped
 a/b 
1,0  1,2  1,4  1,6  1,8  2,0  3 > 
k_{1} 
0,061  0,071  0,076  0,078  0,0786  0,0788  0,0791 
k_{2} 
0,754  0,894  0,962  0,991  1,000  1,004  1,008 
k_{3} 
0,238  0,0078  0,011  0,053  0,068  0,067  0,067 
Circular Flat Plate with central hole , concentrated load at hole, simply supported at outer edge
a/b 
1,25  1,5  2 
33  4  5 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
0,341  0,100  0,519  1,26  0,672  1,48  0,734  1,88  0,724 
2,17  0,704  2,34 
Circular Flat Plate with central hole , uniform load over ring, simply supported at outer edge
a/b 
1,25  1,5  2 
3  4  5 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
0,184  0,592  0,414  0.976  0,664  1,44  0,824  1,88 
0,830  2,08  0,813  2,190 
Circular Flat Plate with central hole , Concentrated load at hole, clamped at outer edge
a/b 
1,25  1,5  2 
3  4  5 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
0,00504  0,194  0,0242  0.320  0,0810  0,454  0,172 
0,673  0,217  1,021  0,238  1,305 
Circular Flat Plate with central hole , uniform load over ring, clamped at outer edge
a/b 
1,25  1,5  2 
3  4  5 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
0,00199  0,105  0,0139  0.259  0,0575  0,480  0,130 
0,657  0,162  0,710  0,175  0,730 
Circular Flat Plate with guided central hole , uniform distributed load, simply supported at outer edge
a/b 
1.25  1,5  2 
3  4  5 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2} 
0,00343  0,122  0,0313  0,336  0,125  0,740  0,221 
1,210  0,417 
1,450  0,492  1,590 
Circular Flat Plate with guided central hole , uniform distributed load, fixed at outer edge
a/b 
10  3  2 
1,5  1,1 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1}  k_{2} 
k_{1}  k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2}  k_{1} 
k_{2} 
0,149  0,728  0,074  0,58  0,023  0,36  0,003  0,151   
0,019 
Additional notes to be added
