A strain tensor method for three-dimensional optimal Michell structures
Author(s)Jacot, Benjamin (Benjamin Paul Emmanuel)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Caitlin T. Mueller.
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In the design of discrete structures such as trusses and frames, important quantitative goals such as minimal weight or minimal compliance often dominate. Many numerical techniques exist to address these needs. However, an analytical approach exists to meet similar goals, which was initiated by A.G.M. Michell (1904) and has been mostly used for two-dimensional structures so far. This thesis develops a method to extend the existing mainly two-dimensional approach to apply to three-dimensional structures. It will be referred as the Michell strain tensor method (MSTM). First, the proof that MSTM is consistent with the existing theory in two dimensions is provided. Second, two-dimensional known solutions will be replicated based on MSTM. Finally, MSTM will be used to solve new three- dimensional cases.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-95).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering.