Iterative Design and Structural Optimization

by Kenneth F. Reinschmidt,
C. Allin Cornell,
John F. Brtochie,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 6, Pg. 281-318

Document Type: Journal Paper


Methods of automatic design of structures are viewed, proposed, and evaluated by a numerical example. Sensitivity coefficients are introduced to help predict the consequences of design changes. Simultaneous linear equations are used to suggest new designs. Linear programming is introduced to generate optimum designs. Non-fully stressed designs and non-convex design spaces are examined. The effect of the choice of the design variables is demonstrated. A number of illustrative examples are included.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Numerical methods | Linear functions | Computer programming

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