Transverse vibrations of circular annular plates with edges elastically restrained against rotation, used in acoustic underwater transducers
Simply supported or clamped boundary conditions are rather ideal situations difficult to satisfy from a physical viewpoint. This paper considers a more “moderate” restriction: the case of edges elastically restrained against rotation for which no exact solution appears in the open literature. Eigenvalues corresponding to a wide range of the intervening geometric and mechanical parameters are determined. Good agreement is obtained with frequency coefficients determined two decades ago by means of a variational method. Obviously the problem is of basic interest in many ocean engineering applications: from the design of certain underwater acoustic transducers to pump and compressor elements passing through the design of naval vehicles and ocean structures.