Optimal Structural Design in the USSR

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Mark I. Reitman

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 110 Cummington St., Boston MA 02215

Appl. Mech. Rev 42(2), 27-37 (Feb 01, 1989) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3152419 History: Online June 03, 2009


Studies in structural optimization in Russia began more than a century ago and initially satisfied the needs of railroad engineering. Later Soviet academic researchers and engineers considered the optimum design of compressed and twisted bars, beams, arches, rigid frames, plates, shells, and various 3D structures under single and multiple statical, dynamical, and moving loads. Some new formulations of the optimization problems have been introduced and solved using classical and new mathematical methods. Several hundred contributions are briefly covered with references to 50 bibliographical sources.

Copyright © 1989 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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