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Optimal Simple Structures with Bending and Membrane Stresses


Giraudbit, Jean-Noël (1972) Optimal Simple Structures with Bending and Membrane Stresses. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/29PJ-3X76.


Structural optimization of elastic solid structures with membrane and bending stresses is studied. A necessary and sufficient optimality condition for maximum stiffness is derived using an energy formulation (minimum potential energy). In the case of pure membrane or pure bending stress states, maximum stiffness and maximum strength are governed by the same optimality condition (uniform strength design). For mixed stress states (membrane and bending), this result is not true, and a general method of approach to find a necessary condition for maximum strength is developed by means of the calculus of variation. Two particular statically indeterminate problems with one design variable to be optimized (clamped-clamped beam, clamped-clamped arch) are treated by this method, and, in both examples, maximum. strength is achieved by a uniform strength design.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautical Engineering)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Babcock, Charles D.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 September 1971
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10132010-094217970
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ID Code:6142
Deposited On:13 Oct 2010 17:06
Last Modified:01 Jul 2024 17:19

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