Visualizing the Performance of Structural Optimization Processes

by Scott A. Burns, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


Graphical constructions are discussed that enable the performance of iterative structural optimization processes to be evaluated visually. The first, a basins of attraction construction, reveals the relationship between starting design and final outcome of an iterative process. The second, a phase space representation, reveals the nature of the path connecting the starting design with the final outcome. The significance of these graphical constructions is discussed in relation to the field of structural optimization.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Structural analysis | Graphic methods | Basins | Structural design | Construction methods | Space structures | Space frames

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