Two-material optimal design for nonlinear elastica
2009 - JC Bellido, A Donoso
Applied Mathematical Letters 22, 459-463 (2009)
The work considers an optimal design problem in the context of nonlinear elastica. More specifically, we deal with finding the best way of mixing fixed amounts of two different elastic materials, so as to minimize the tip deflection of a cantilever beam loaded on its free extreme under the assumption of large deflections. Applying an optimality criteria method to the relaxed problem, simulations give us numerical evidence that the original design problem admits classical solutions (i.e. there is no microstructure) and those are the same as the respective ones for the case of small deflections.