How to Optimize Steel Frameworks

by Donald E. Grierson, Univ of Waterloo, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


This paper presents the details of a design synthesis strategy to conduct computer-automated design of least-weight structural steel frameworks, where members are automatically sized using commercial standard steel sections in full conformance with governing steel design code provisions for strength/stability and stiffness. A design example from professional practice is presented to illustrate the scope and effectiveness of the optimization technique.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Steel frames | Structural steel | Standards and codes | Computer aided design | Structural design | Computing in civil engineering | Automation

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