On Optimal Arch Design

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T. Y. Na, G. M. Kurajian

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan at Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.

J. Eng. Ind 99(1), 37-40 (Feb 01, 1977) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439161 History: Received June 01, 1976; Online July 15, 2010


This paper connects a very useful theory in the area of optimal arches with a presentation of an outlined and demonstrated procedure for use by the design engineer. The eigenvalue problem presented in the work of Budiansky, Frauenthal, and Hutchinson [1] is first verified and extended. The theory, which considers buckling as the criteria for failure, is then applied to categories of cross sections. A complete design example is included to illustrate the procedure.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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