Introduction to Optimum Design

Introduction to Optimum Design

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Optimization is a mathematical tool developed in the early 1960's used to find the most efficient and feasible solutions to an engineering problem. It can be used to find ideal shapes and physical configurations, ideal structural designs, maximum energy efficiency, and many other desired goals of engineering.

This book is intended for use in a first course on engineering design and optimization. Material for the text has evolved over a period of several years and is based on classroom presentations for an undergraduate core course on the principles of design. Virtually any problem for which certain parameters need to be determined to satisfy constraints can be formulated as a design optimization problem. The concepts and methods described in the text are quite general and applicable to all such formulations. Inasmuch, the range of application of the optimum design methodology is almost limitless, constrained only by the imagination and ingenuity of the user. The book describes the basic concepts and techniques with only a few simple applications. Once they are clearly understood, they can be applied to many other advanced applications that are discussed in the text.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 728 pages
  • 182.9 x 261.6 x 45.7mm | 1,814.39g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0120641550
  • 9780120641550
  • 1,763,520

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"The book is definitely a reference that practitioners would like to have and depend upon, especially with the plethora of examples and applications...the book is a solid introduction to optimization algorithms." - Georges Fadel, Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanical Design

"Arora's Introduction to Optimum Design, 2nd Ed., furthers its goal of describing engineering design optimization in a rigorous yet simplified manner which is both highly accessible to and useful for a wide audience." - David F. Thompson, Graduate Program Director, University of Cincinnati

"I have used several optmization books over the past 10 years to support my various graduate optimization courses. Of all the books that I have used, I prefer Dr. Arora's Introduction to Optimum Design, 2nd Ed" - Tom R. Mincer, California State University

"...this book is well written and covers just about every topic that one needs to know about the optimum design process. It includes a good balance of theory and application. The book will therefore be appealing to all users." - Practice Periodical On Structural Design and Construction - ASCE, Nov. 2005
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Table of contents

1. Introduction to Design, 2. Optimum Design Problem Formulation, 3. Graphical Optimization, 4. Optimum Design Concepts, 5. More on Optimum Design Concepts, 6. Linear Programming Methods for Optimum Design, 7. More on Linear Programming Methods for Optimum Design, 8. Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimum Design, 9. More on Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimum Design, 10. Numerical Methods for Constrained Optimum Design, 11. More on Numerical Methods for Constrained Optimum Design, 12. Introduction to Optimum Design with MATLAB, 13. Interactive Design Optimization, 14. Design Optimization Applications with Implicit Functions, 15. Discrete Variable Optimum Design Concepts and Methods, 16. Genetic Algorithms for Optimum Design, 17. Multi-Objective Optimum Design Concepts and Methods, 18. Global Optimization Concepts and Methods for Optimum Design, Appendices
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