A multicriterion design of steel frames with shakedown constraints

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The minimum volume design of elastic perfectly plastic steel frames subjected to fixed and cyclic loads is searched in such a way thatthe structure remains in elastic field in serviceability conditions, while it is subjected to alternating plasticity under very strong cyclic actions, incremental and instantaneous collapse being prevented.The problem is faced on the grounds of a statical and a kinematical approach.The Kuhn–Tucker conditions of the two problems prove that they are each one the dual of the other and provide useful pieces of information about the structural behaviour.Numerical applications confirm the theoretical expectations: optimal designs turn out to be quite light, with stiffness and resistancesuitable to completely preserve the structure integrity in serviceability conditions, and suitable to avoid collapse and to allow a greatamount of plastic dissipation production under the action of very strong cyclic loads, plastic deformations being null in the cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-282
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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