Bimodal optimization with constraints: Critical value of the constraint and post-critical configurations

Teodor M. Atanacković, Alexander P. Seyraniany

By using a method based on Pontryagin’s principle, formulated in [13], and [14] we study optimal shape of an elastic column with constraints on the minimal value of the cross-sectional area. We determine the critical value of the minimal cross-sectional area separating bi from unimodal optimization. Also we study the post-critical shape of optimally shaped rod and find the preferred configuration of the bifurcating solutions from the point of view of minimal total energy.