Thermo-microstretch elastic bodies and plane waves
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In the present work, vibration problems of rectangular plates are considered for the determination of upper bounds to the unknown microstretch material properties. The frequencies are obtained by extending the Ritz method to this case. The analysis shows that some additional frequencies characterizing the microstretch effects appear among the classical frequencies. Furthermore, by the increasing values of the microstretch constants, the additional frequencies disappear and only the classical frequencies remain in the spectrum. Considering this phenomenon, an optimization problem is established for the identification of the upper bounds of microstretch elastic constants. In the second part of the work, thermal effects are considered and several theories are discussed. Finally, propagation of the plane waves is investigated.