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shape optimization; semicoercive beam problem; unilateral foundation
A design optimization problem for an elastic beam with a unilateral elastic foundation is analyzed. Euler-Bernoulli's model for the beam and Winkler's model for the foundation are considered. The state problem is represented by a nonlinear semicoercive problem of 4th order with mixed boundary conditions. The thickness of the beam and the stiffness of the foundation are optimized with respect to a cost functional. We establish solvability conditions for the state problem and study the existence of a solution to the optimization problem.
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