The Optimal Column

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W. J. Carter

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

K. M. Ragsdell

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 96(1), 71-76 (Jan 01, 1974) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3443187 History: Received June 04, 1973; Online August 17, 2010


A new numerical search algorithm is presented which is employed to determine optimum shapes for pin-ended columns having elastic behavior. The search algorithm utilizes a gradient search scheme to seek out the optimum solutions. A Lagrange-like solution is given for the Strongest Column Problem of Lagrange.

Copyright © 1974 by ASME
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