Although most of our optimisation work is aimed at large and complex structures, we have had interesting results with small details. Lightweight decks of extruded aluminium can be designed to take account of allowable stresses and buckling in the panels and, most importantly, to resist collapse of stiffener webs. This can result in very impressive weight and cost savings in large deck or floor areas.

 

Extruded double-skin panel with corrugated internal stiffening   Deflections in extruded double-skin panel with corrugated internal stiffening   Stresses in extruded double-skin panel with corrugated internal stiffeners

 

The possibilities in this area are almost without limit. Think about whether your company is wasting resources in gross over-design!

 

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