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Elements of Structural Optimization / Edition 3

Elements of Structural Optimization / Edition 3

by Raphael T. Haftka, Zafer Gürdal
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The field of structural optimization is still a relatively new field undergoing rapid changes in methods and focus. Until recently there was a severe imbalance between the enormous amount of literature on the subject, and the paucity of applications to practical design problems. This imbalance is being gradually redressed now. There is still no shortage of new publications, but there are also exciting applications of the methods of structural optimizations in the automotive, aerospace, civil engineering, machine design and other engineering fields. As a result of the growing pace of applications, research into structural optimization methods is increasingly driven by real-life problems. Most engineers who design structures employ complex general-purpose software packages for structural analysis. Often they do not have any access to the source the details of program, and even more frequently they have only scant knowledge of the structural analysis algorithms used in this software packages. Therefore the major challenge faced by researchers in structural optimization is to develop methods that are suitable for use with such software packages. Another major challenge is the high computational cost associated with the analysis of many complex real-life problems. In many cases the engineer who has the task of designing a structure cannot afford to analyze it more than a handful of times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792315056
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/30/1991
Series: Solid Mechanics and Its Applications , #11
Edition description: 3rd rev. and expanded ed. 1992
Pages: 481
Sales rank: 649,809
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- 2. Classical Tools in Structural Optimization.- 3. Linear Mathematical Programming.- 4. Unconstrained Optimization.- 5. Constrained Optimization.- 6. Aspects of the Optimization Process in Practice.- 7. Sensitivity of Discrete Systems.- 8. Introduction to Variational Sensitivity Analysis.- 9. Dual and Optimality Criteria Methods.- 10. Decomposition and Multilevel Optimization.- 11. Optimum Design of Laminated Composite Materials.- Name Index.

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