Advances in Civil Engineering
A two-layer (connected by stubs) partial composite plate is a structure with outstanding advantages which can be widely applied in many fields of engineering such as construction, transportation, and mechanical. However, studies are scarce in the past to investigate this type of structure. This paper is based on the new modified first-order shear deformation plate theory and finite element method to develop a new four-node plate element with nine degrees of freedom per node for static bending and vibration analysis of the two-layer composite plate. The numerical results are compared to published data for some special cases. The effects of some parameters such as the boundary condition, stiffness of the connector stub, height-to-width ratio, thickness-to-thickness ratio between two layers, and aspect ratio are also performed to investigate new numerical results of static bending and free vibration responses of this structure.