Closing Materials Research Structural Design Cycle

by Christos C. Chamis,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 5, Pg. 1255-1270

Document Type: Journal Paper


A capability is described for the simultaneous optimization of material and structural design. This capability is based upon the materials evaluation function concept. It draws upon existing methods of analysis, structural synthesis, numerical analysis and mathematical programming. The capability is applied to the optimization of thermostructural, anisotropic composite plates subjected to complex loading environment. Results are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and importance of the simultaneous material and structural design optimization, and the closing of the loop in the Materials-Research Structural-Design Cycle.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Structural design | Numerical methods | Structural analysis | Numerical analysis | Mathematics | Computer programming | Anisotropy

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