In the present paper, a new fifth-order shear and normal deformation theory (FOSNDT) is developed for the bi-directional bending analysis of laminated composite and sandwich plates subjected to transverse loads. This theory considered the effects of both transverse shear and normal deformations. In-plane displacements use a polynomial shape function expanded up to fifth-order in terms of the thickness coordinate to properly account the effect of transverse shear deformation. Transverse displacement is the function of x, y and z- coordinates to account the effect of transverse normal deformations i.e. thickness stretching. Hence, the present theory involves nine unknowns in the displacement field. The present theory does not require a problem dependent shear correction factor as it satisfies traction free boundary conditions at top and bottom surfaces of the plate. The governing differential equations and associated boundary conditions are obtained using the principle of virtual work. The plate is analysed for simply supported boundary conditions using Navier’s solution technique. To prove the efficiency of the present theory, the non-dimensional displacements and stresses obtained for laminated composite and sandwich plates are compared with existing exact elasticity solutions and other theories. It is observed from the comparision that the displacements and stresses obtained by the present theory are in excellent agreement with the results obtained by exact elasticity solutions compared to other higher-order plate theories available in the literature.
2D analysis; fifth-order; shear deformation; normal deformation; shear correction factor; laminated; sandwich