Optimal Layout of Grillages

W. Prager, G. I.N. Rozvany

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The paper deals with the minimum-weight design of elastic grillages in which the absolute value of the axial stresses nowhere exceeds a prescribed value. After discussing optimality conditions for this problem, a geometrical method for obtaining the optimal beam directions is presented. Considering quadrilateral grillages, the effect of translation and rotation of sides on the optimal layout is investigated. Finally, the concept of “beam weaves” is introduced and the optimal layout of beams near a free edge is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of structural mechanics
Issue number1
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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