Design and Analysis of Frames for Stability

by Harold Switzky,
Ping Chun Wang,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 4, Pg. 695-713

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper presents nondimensional graphical solutions for the analysis and minimum weight design of various types of rectangular frames with simple or clamped supports subjected to compressive loadings. The solutions are generated by first expressing the weight and stability equation as nondimensional functions of the inertias. Employing the Lagrangian Multiplier Method results in the required functional relationships to define a minimum weight design. The analysis and design technique is illustrated by several examples.

Subject Headings: Minimum weight design | Frames | Graphic methods | Compression | Load factors | Inertia | Lagrangian functions

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