Slightly asymmetric beams: Examples of a new class of structural optima

A. A. Sipos, G. Domokos

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We demonstrate examples of beams with symmetric cross sections, loading and boundary conditions where, contrary to the engineer's intuition, slight perturbation of the symmetry (either in the cross section's geometry, or in the loading or boundary conditions) improves the overall structural response. We apply the classical Euler-Bernoulli beam model combined with linearly elastic or ideally plastic material law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-514
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007



  • Beam
  • Bifurcation
  • Optimum
  • Symmetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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