RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

Maximum Stiffness Design for Elastic Bodies in Contact

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R. L. Benedict

Materials Division, College of Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

J. Mech. Des 104(4), 825-830 (Oct 01, 1982) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256443 History: Received June 28, 1981; Online November 17, 2009


An optimality criteria approach for the stiffness design problem is developed for the case of two elastic bodies in frictionless contact. The contact problem is analyzed by appending the nonpenetration constraint to the system potential energy. Necessary and sufficient conditions for stiffness maximization are derived. A computational method for design problem solution is developed and numerical results for a beam on a foundation are displayed.

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