Stahlbau - Christmas problem 2018

24 March 2019

The journal Stahlbau publishes an annual Christmas prize problem which readers can use to grit their teeth. The contents of these tasks deal with a wide variety of topics in mechanics and mathematics. In recent years, for example, rolling ellipses, buckling water-filled pipes or the optimal stacking of blocks had to be investigated. The 2018 Christmas Prize task was about a sinusoidal frame loaded with rainwater - this is not necessarily an outstanding construction in terms of civil engineering, but it is mechanically all the more appealing. Ivo Steinbrecher, PhD candidate at IMCS, was able to find the correct solution - we congratulate.


If you would like to try the example yourself, you will find the problem here and the solution here. The next Christmas prize will be published in November 2019.