Optimization of Large Structural Systems

Optimization of Large Structural Systems

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G.I.N. Rozvany ASI Director, Professor of Structural Design, FB 10, Essen University, Essen, Germany Structural optimization deals with the optimal design of all systems that consist, at least partially, of solids and are subject to stresses and deformations. This inte- grated discipline plays an increasingly important role in all branches of technology, including aerospace, structural, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering as well as energy generation and building technology. In fact, the design of most man- made objects, ranging from space-ships and long-span bridges to tennis rackets and artificial organs, can be improved considerably if human intuition is enhanced by means of computer-aided, systematic decisions. In analysing highly complex structural systems in practice, discretization is un- avoidable because closed-form analytical solutions are only available for relatively simple, idealized problems. To keep discretization errors to a minimum, it is de- sirable to use a relatively large number of elements. Modern computer technology enables us to analyse systems with many thousand degrees of freedom. In the optimization of structural systems, however, most currently available methods are restricted to at most a few hundred variables or a few hundred active constraints.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1204 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 82.55mm | 2,430g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1993 ed.
  • 191 Illustrations, black and white; XXXIV, 1204 p. 191 illus.
  • 0792321308
  • 9780792321309

Table of contents

Principal Lectures: Optimality Criteria and Topology Optimization. Decomposition Methods and Approximation Concepts. Sensitivity Analysis. Mathematical Programming and Global Optima. Composite, Anisotropic and Nonlinear Materials. Neural Neworks, Parallel Processing, Multicriteria and Control Problems. Miscellaneous Topics. Abstracts of Contributed Papers.
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