Computer-Aided Design of Power Transmission Shafts Subject to Size, Strength, and Deflection Constraints Using a Nonlinear Programming Technique

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G. Umasankar, C. R. Mischke

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 107(1), 133-140 (Jan 01, 1985) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3274704 History: Received June 19, 1984; Online December 08, 2009


The problem of synthesis of power transmission shafts supported on two bearings, subject to dimensional, strength, and deflection constraints is posed as a nonlinear programming (NP) problem. The formulation of the design problem and its solution using the gradient projection (GP) algorithm are presented. A computer program for shaft design against a user-definable weight/cost criterion, based on the formulation and solution presented, is made available. A design example illustrating this approach to power transmission shaft design is included.

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