From stress trajectories to Michell structures

Henrik Almegaard

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In the conceptual design phase for a new structure it will often be fruitful to make ex-periments with different structures and loads to see the stress trajectories and the “flow of forces”. Now the question is whether these graphical pictures gives more than just a qualitative idea of “the force paths”, that is - a rough guideline for where to place the material (Thamm 1999)? The postulate of this article is that the stress trajectories can be used to identify the geometry of the minimum weight structure, the so called Michell structure, for the specific geometry and load.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordisk Tekniklærermøde 2009 : Forskning, Undervisning og Praksis
Number of pages112
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherDTU Byg, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)9788778772848
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNordisk Tekniklærermøde 2009 : Forskning, Undervisning og Praksis - DTU
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceNordisk Tekniklærermøde 2009 : Forskning, Undervisning og Praksis
Period01/01/2009 → …


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