A Variational Principle, the Finite Element Method, and Optimal Structural Design for Given Deflection

  • G. A. Hegemier
  • H. T. Tang
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


General Remarks. The optimal design of continuous or pieeewise continuous structural systems can be approached along two avenues. On one hand the system can be discretized at the outset and a sequence of problems involving refined domains may be studied in an effort to extract an approximate optimal solution. On the other hand, the continuous nature of the problem may be recognized and optimality criteria for the continua sought directly.


Variational Principle Optimality Criterion Inequality Constraint Sandwich Plate Kirchhoff Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Hegemier
    • 1
  • H. T. Tang
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.General Electric Co.San JoséUSA

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