OPTIMAL PLASTIC DESIGN OF CIRCULAR AND ANNULAR SANDWICH PLATES WITH PIECEWISE CONSTANT CROSS SECTION.
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA DEPT OF THE AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES
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Hopkins and Prager used an intuitive approach based on the concept of competing yield mechanisms to discuss plastic minimum-weight design of a circular plate with piecewise constant cross section. Since their paper was written, the theory of optimal plastic design has progressed considerably, but subsequent papers on optimal plate design were exclusively concerned with plates of continuously varying cross section. In view of the lesser manufacturing cost of plates with piecewise constant cross section, the present paper reexamines the problem in the light of the modern theory of optimal plastic design. General optimality criteria are established and applied to full circular as well as annular plates. The relation of the designs obtained for annular plates to the singular designs investigated by Megarefs is discussed. Author
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