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THE MINIMUM WEIGHT DESIGN OF STRUCTURES OPERATING IN AN AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENT
REPUBLIC AVIATION CORP FARMINGDALE NY
A nondimensional design technique is developed to obtain the minimum weight of structural components columns, plates, and beams subjected to an aerospace environment. Design curves are developed and presented for various structural configurations in terms of the applied loads and geometric material parameters which can be readily evaluated. The design technique can be employed to obtain, in a relatively simple and rapid manner, preliminary estimates of the structural design weight as well as a good approximation to the final design. The design procedure for minimum weight is illustrated for a truss-like spar and a wing section which are typical of aerospace structures.
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