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Optimal design of imperfect, anisotropic, ring-stiffened cylinders under combined loadsDevelopment of an algorithm to perform the optimal sizing of buckling resistant, imperfect, anisotropic ring-stiffened cylinders subjected to axial compression, torsion, and internal pressure is presented. The enforcement of stability constraints is treated in a way that does not require any eigenvalue analysis. Assumption of criticality of these stability constraints during the optimal sizing of the cylinders produced designs that nevertheless satisfied all of the stress constraints as well as the stability constraints. Case studies performed using a combination of penalty function and feasible direction optimization methods indicate that the presence of the axisymmetric initial imperfection in the cylinder wall can significantly affect the optimal designs. Weight savings associated with the addition of two rings to the unstiffened cylinder and/or the addition of internal pressure is substantial when torsion makes up a significant fraction of the combined load state.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ley, Robert P.
(Hughes Space and Communications Co. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Gurdal, Zafer
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Johnson, Eric R.
(Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. Blacksburg, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 4 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1526
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