WIT Press


SHAPE OPTIMIZATION THE EASY WAY: THE ‘METHOD OF TENSILE TRIANGLES’



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/D&N-V2-N4-301-309

Volume

Volume 2 (2007), Issue 4

Pages

8

Page Range

301 - 309

Author(s)

C MATTHECK, R KAPPEL, A SAUER

Abstract

A method based on the design rules of nature, which has been used previously for the reduction of notch stresses, is used here for the removal of underloaded parts in a mechanical component. A major advantage is that neither finite element analysis nor complex mathematics is necessary for this graphic method of shape optimization, which is demonstrated here using three examples.

Keywords

biomimetics, cave bear, graphic method, notch stress, shape optimization, tooth