This paper is concerned with the numerical results of the elasto-plastic stress analysis and residual stresses in woven steel fiber reinforced thermoplastic laminated composite plates for transverse uniform loads. The effects of ply number, orientation angle and bonding type on the residual stresses of laminated composite plates are investigated. Elasto-plastic stress analysis is carried out in the laminated plate by using the finite element technique. The finite element code ANSYS is used to perform the numerical analyses using an eight-node layered shell element. Yielding loads and residual stresses are obtained for symmetric and anti-symmetric laminated plates with simply supported boundary conditions. Different stacking sequences of laminated composites are used in analysis and the results are compared with each other. Three load steps are carried out for each analysis consecutively. In the first load step, the yielding transverse load is applied. Secondly, a series of load increments is added until the load reaches "Yielding Load+ 0.005 NIPa". In the last step the external load is released to obtain the residual stress components. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.