NAME 481: Optimum Structural Design

3.00 Credit, 3 hrs. /wk.

Prereq. NAME 251, NAME 351

Introduction. Mathematical formulation of structural optimization problems. Structural design optimization approaches. Reviews of structural analysis procedures: elastic analysis, plastic analysis of framed structures. Re-analysis methods: direct methods, iterative methods and approximate methods.

Optimality criteria methods: fully stressed design, displacement limited design. Linear programming: problem formulation and method solution. Non-linear programming: methods for unconstrained minimization, penalty function methods, methods of feasible directions. Applications: steel elements, plastic design by linear programming, optimal design of elastic grillages.


1.An Introduction to Structural Optimization by Peter W. Christensen and Anders Klarbring
2009, Springer

2. Engineering Optimization by Singiresu S. Rao
2009, 4th Edition, JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC