On Adaptive Structural Design

by William R. Spillers, Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY,
Lewis Friedland, Grad. Student; Columbia Univ., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 10, Pg. 2155-2163

Document Type: Journal Paper


In order to have a completely automated design system it is necessary to have an automatic procedure for generating new, improved design including new, improved connectivities. As a first step in this direction, it is shown herein how a heuristic procedure manipulating the system graph can be combined with an algorithm for geometrical optimization to produce a truss design procedure which exhibits adaptive behavior.

Subject Headings: Adaptive systems | Structural design | Automation | Algorithms | Geometrics | Trusses

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