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dc.contributor.advisorFares, Nabilen_US
dc.contributor.authorFarah, Farahen_US
dc.contributor.authorAntoun, Marioen_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 35).en_US
dc.descriptionSupervised by Dr. Nabil Fares.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research investigates whether a decrease in area or volume of material without changing the configuration can lead, to an increase in the load capacity of a structure. If true, this study explores how this happens. At first, simple cases such as springs on rotating bars and simple truss structures were studied in an attempt to selectively modify the area of members by changing their stiffness in order to find examples of this concept. An approach was developed using Mathematica to solve this constrained optimization problem. The constraints are that the configuration remains the same while the area or volume may only stay the same or decrease. The first two cases that were analyzed included a structure consisting of three members supported by pins and springs connected in parallel on a rotating rigid bar and subjected to a vertical point load at a specific location. The results obtained from both these examples indicated that the proposition is possible. Therefore, other cases were analyzed to extend those cases. The next step was executed through creating a program that implements the direct stiffness method to solve general cases of springs on multiple rotating rigid bars. The results provide insight into the mechanism of stress concentration and may provide ideas on how to improve material at the micromechanical level.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Farah Farah , Mario Antounen_US
dc.format.extentvi, 35 p. :ill. ;30 cmen_US
dc.rightsThis object is protected by copyright, and is made available here for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the personal and educational use exceptions must be obtained from the copyright holderen_US
dc.subject.lcshStructural analysis (Engineering)en_US
dc.titleReducing material to gain load capacityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Civil Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.facultyFaculty of Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Balamanden_US
dc.description.degreeMS in Civil Engineeringen_US
dc.provenance.recordsourceOliben_US of Arts and Sciences-
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