In the present paper a new linearization technique referred to as the local
ly transversal linearization (LTL) is used for large deflection analyses of
axisymmetric circular plates. The LTL procedure, where solution manifolds
of linearized equations are made to intersect transversally those of the no
nlinear ordinary differential equations, reduces the given set of nonlinear
ordinary differential equations to a set of nonlinear algebraic equations
in terms of a descretized set of unknown response vectors.