Column Design: Optimization of Support Conditions and Segmentation

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A general variational formulation of the optima) column problem in which the column shape is either prescribed over given segments or can be varied continuously is outlined. Necessary conditions are derived for the optimal location of segment boundaries and internal supports. Most previously published optimality criteria are shown to be special cases of the general conditions presented. The proposed theory is illustrated with examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-290
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of structural mechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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