The design problem is analyzed by performing a reformulation to an equivalent problem which is local in character and it is shown how this, together with an enlargement of the design space to allow for out of plane chattering designs, leads to a significant simplification of the problem. Thus the number of variables is reduced to only four for the stiffness problem at hand, even in the general case with coupling stiffnesses and multiple loads. Moreover, in the special case of in-plane loads, the optimal solution for each design element of the plate can be realized as a single rotated ply of material or in special strain situations by two plies. A computational solution procedure for the simplified problem is described and several numerical examples illustrate basic features of the design approach.
|Effective start/end date||01/09/1994 → 31/01/1997|