The natural frequencies and modal loss factors of the three-layered annular plate with a viscoelastic core layer and two polar orthotropic laminated face layers are considered. The discrete layer annular finite element is employed to derive the equations of motion for the three-layered annular plate. The viscoelastic material in the central layer is assumed to be incompressible, and the extensional and shear moduli and described by the complex quantities. Complex eigenvalued problems are then solved, and the frequencies and modal loss factors of the composite plate are extracted. The results of the symmetric and non-symmetric composite annular plates are both presented. The effects of material properties, radius to thickness ratio, stacking sequences and thickness of face layers, and thickness of the viscoelastic core layer are discussed.
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