Strategies Which Permit Multiple Discrete Section Properties per Member in 3D Frameworks

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by Scott A. May, Brigham Young Univ, Provo, United States,
Richard J. Balling, Brigham Young Univ, Provo, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation:

Abstract: Strategies for discrete structural optimization of 3D steel frames with coupled section properties are presented. These strategies include linearized branch and bound, simulated annealing, and a new 'smart' simulated annealing strategy. The smart simulated annealing strategy uses a sieve that blocks potentially bad designs from passing through to the simulated annealing process. The results are presented on a realistic test problem and compared.

Subject Headings: Steel frames | Structural design | Smart buildings | Steel structures | Structural steel | Coupling | Structural behavior | Linear functions |

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