David Mora, Iván Velásquez:
Virtual element for the buckling problem of Kirchhoff-Love plates
In this paper, we develop a virtual element method (VEM) of high order to solve the fourth order plate buckling eigenvalue problem on polygonal meshes. We write a variational formulation based on the Kirchhoff-Love model depending on the transverse displacement of the plate. We propose a $C^1$ conforming virtual element discretization of arbitrary order $kge2$ and we use the so-called Babuv ska--Osborn abstract spectral approximation theory to show that the resulting scheme provides a correct approximation of the spectrum and prove optimal order error estimates for the buckling modes (eigenfunctions) and a double order for the buckling coefficients (eigenvalues). Finally, we report some numerical experiments illustrating the behaviour of the proposed scheme and confirming our theoretical results on different families of meshes.