Partial relaxation of the orthogonality requirement for classical Michell trusses

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It is often stated, even in standard references, that in classical Michell trusses (i.e. least-weight trusses for one load condition with a stress or compliance constraint) a pair of intersecting compression and tensile bars must always be orthogonal. The aim of this brief note is to show that there are important exceptions to this rule and that the modification of this restriction enables us to obtain new classes of solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalStructural Optimization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997


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  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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