Optimal Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures via Decomposition and a Variety of Search Strategies

by Stephen R. Burns, Brigham Young Univ, Provo, United States,
Richard J. Balling, Brigham Young Univ, Provo, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


This paper presents a strategy where the design of a reinforced concrete structure is not only automated, but optimized. The strategy employs decomposition to subdivide the problem into 'system' and 'component' levels. The strategy also utilizes a variety of search techniques including continuous optimization, discrete optimization, heuristic search, and optimality criteria methods. The choice of technique for each subproblem is governed by the subproblem characteristics.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Structure reinforcement | Concrete structures | Decomposition | Optimization models | Concrete construction | Building codes | Algorithms

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