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stiffener

[′stif·nər]
(civil engineering)
A steel angle or plate attached to a slender beam to prevent its buckling by increasing its stiffness.

stiffener

1. A secondary member, usually an angle iron or channel, 1, attached to a plate or sheet to increase its stiffness and to prevent buckling.
2. In a hollow-metal door, the internal reinforcement for door panels; usually channel iron.

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Some methods of stiffening panels.
Structural members attached to the skin to resist compressive and bending loads. They also help to hold the shape of the wings and other surfaces.
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When a starfish climbs on a clam to open it, the starfish stiffens its body to provide firm scaffolding for the hundreds of tube feet to exert pulling forces on the valves of the clam (Eylers, 1976).
2 An intermediate space frame stiffens the entire structural ensemble.
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Periodically changing that field causes an upright ribbon to alternately bend and straighten as the ribbon softens and stiffens.