Minimum weight design of cables with supports at different levels

Thevendran V. and Wang C.M. (1985) Minimum weight design of cables with supports at different levels. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 27 7-8: 519-529. doi:10.1016/0020-7403(85)90042-6


Author Thevendran V.
Wang C.M.
Title Minimum weight design of cables with supports at different levels
Journal name International Journal of Mechanical Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7403
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0020-7403(85)90042-6
Volume 27
Issue 7-8
Start page 519
End page 529
Total pages 11
Language eng
Subject 2210 Mechanical Engineering
Abstract A systematic method for determining the least-weight cable profiles for any given vertical external load system and for supports at different (or same) levels is presented and illustrated with examples. The support levels may be either prescribed or optimized as well. The method is based on the optimality conditions which are derived using the calculus of variations. Moreover, it is established that the slopes at both ends of the cable must be equal when the total structural weight is minimized with respect to both maximum tension in the cable and relative position of the supports.
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