Origin of Generating Functions in Applied Mechanics

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P. E. Wilson

Structures Department, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.

J. F. Hook

Spacecraft Structures, Structures Department, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 36(4), 875-877 (Dec 01, 1969) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3564787 History: Received January 18, 1969; Online September 14, 2011


This Note presents a direct method by which the equations satisfied by generating functions and their relations to the original dependent variables can be deduced. The technique given is applicable to systems of linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients. Examples are presented from the fields of elasticity and shell theory.

Copyright © 1969 by ASME
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