Optimal design of plates for shear buckling

R. Levy, V. Sokolinsky

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This paper is concerned with the structural optimization problem of maximizing the shear buckling load of rectangular plates for a given volume of material. Optimality conditions are first derived via variational calculus, and a double cosine thickness varying plate and a hybrid double sine thickness varying plate are then fine tuned in a one parameter optimization search using a home coded program for an analysis that utilizes the Rayleigh-Ritz method until convergence. Results indicate an increase of 33% in capacity for an orthotropic plate having 50% of the fibers in the 0° direction and the other 50% in the 90° direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-795
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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