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Buckling optimization of plates with variable thickness subjected to nonuniform uncertain loads. (English) Zbl 1038.74604

Summary: The problem of optimizing buckling loads of plates with variable thickness is addressed within the scope of a novel approach where the variability or uncertainty of the loading distribution is taken into account. The loading distribution is not uniform as traditionally assumed but is of a linear piecewise nature otherwise arbitrary. The importance of this investigation lies in the fact that the actual loading distributions acting upon structural components are rarely perfectly uniform although they are usually treated as so in traditional design approaches. A min–max strategy is used to handle the loading variability such that the resulting optimal design is able to withstand an entire class of linear piecewise loadings.

MSC:

74P10 Optimization of other properties in solid mechanics
74G60 Bifurcation and buckling
74K20 Plates
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