Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

55, 2, pp. 547-557, Warsaw 2017
DOI: 10.15632/jtam-pl.55.2.547

Size optimization of rectangular cross section members subject to fatigue constraints

Juan Manuel González Mendoza, Samuel Alcántara Montes, José de Jesús Silva Lomelí, Juan Alejandro Flores Campos
Although in the scientific literature there are studies regarding optimization of structural
members subject to static loads or even cyclic in-phase loads, the optimization of structures
subject to cyclic, out-of-phase multiaxial loads is still an unexplored issue. In this paper,
we present an approach to the problem of size optimization of rectangular cross-section
members subject to multiaxial in-phase and out-of-phase cyclic loads. The objective of the
optimization is to minimize the cross sectional area of such elements while retaining their
fatigue endurance. Under the proposed methodology, optimum values of the area are achieved
for six loading cases and for three values of the height to width ratio of the cross section,
and these values are reported. The novelty of the approach lies in the inclusion of two
multiaxial high cycle fatigue criteria, i.e., Dang Van and Vu-Halm-Nadot ones, as constraints
for size optimization problems, fully integrated within an in-house developed tool, capable of
handling non-proportional stresses. A plot of the feasible solution space for this optimization
problem is also obtained.
Keywords: size optimization, multiaxial fatigue, non-proportional