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.
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