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Beams with an intermediate pier: Spectral properties, asymmetry and stability

Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 - 20133 Milano, Italy

This contribution is part of the Special Issue: Qualitative Analysis and Spectral Theory for Partial Differential Equations
Guest Editor: Veronica Felli
Link: www.aimspress.com/mine/article/5511/special-articles

Special Issues: Qualitative Analysis and Spectral Theory for Partial Differential
Equations

We deal with beams with an intermediate pier, motivated by the investigation of the stability of suspension bridges with two spans. First, we provide a complete spectral theorem for the associated linear stationary fourth-order problem with hinged boundary conditions, determining the eigenvalues and discussing their optimality (in a suitable sense) in terms of the position of the pier. Then, we consider a related nonlinear model with a restoring force of superquadratic displacement type, discussing its stability both from a linear and from a suitable nonlinear point of view. We determine the position of the pier maximizing the stability of the structure and we compare the energy thresholds of instability under hinged, clamped or mixed (left-clamped and right-hinged) boundary conditions. In any case, we highlight that an asymmetric structure is in general more stable.
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