Optimum Design of Funiculars and Archgrids
Michell structures are designed for a fixed load, applied at fixed places. However, in the engineering practice the load is usually linked with the structure and usually follows its current position, as, e.g. the self-weight, or the weight of snow. Thus, the majority of loads we face with are design dependent. A narrow class of such loads are transmissible loads acting along vertical lines, coinciding with the gravity field. This chapter is aimed at putting forward the theory of such optimal structures.
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