Plate Structures  

 

Simple Plates
 

Plate structures are usually rigid and monolithic. This allows for the dispersal of loads in a multidirectional pattern. Most plates are square or as close to square as possible. The reasons for this is that stress follows the path with the most stiffness and that is the shortest length. Square members evenly distribute these loads.

 


  Folded Plates

There are certain ways that plates can be used to distribute loads across larger spans. A folding pattern is used to pass the load down sharp angles of the plate to the seams at which they join. These angles brace each other to pace the load through these longer members evenly.