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Unformatted text preview: also heavier, when we increase xi ; there is a tradeoff between stiffness and weight. Our goal is to design the stiffest truss, subject to bounds on the bar cross-sectional areas and total truss weight: l ≤ xi ≤ u, i = 1, . . . , m, Wtot (x) ≤ W, where l, u, and W are given. You may assume that K (x) ≻ 0 for all feasible vectors x. To obtain a specific optimization problem, we must say how we will measure the stiffness, and what model of the loads we will use. (a) There are several ways to form a scalar measure of how stiff a truss is, for a given load f . In this problem we will use the elastic stored energy 1 E (x, f ) = f T K (x)−1 f 2 to measure the stiffness. Maximizing stiffness corresponds to minimizing E (x, f ). Show that E (x, f ) is a convex function of x on {x | K (x) ≻ 0}. Hint. Use Schur complements to prove that the epigraph is a convex set. (b) We can consider several different scenarios that reflect our knowledge about the possible loadings f that can occur. T...
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