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Optimization Methods in Structural Design

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Pages: 314
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This book offers an introduction to numerical optimization methods in structural design. Employing a readily accessible and compact format, the book presents an overview of optimization methods, and equips readers to...

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This book offers an introduction to numerical optimization methods in structural design. Employing a readily accessible and compact format, the book presents an overview of optimization methods, and equips readers to properly set up optimization problems and interpret the results. A ‘how-to-do-it’ approach is followed throughout, with less emphasis at this stage on mathematical derivations. The book features spreadsheet programs provided in Microsoft Excel, which allow readers to experience optimization ‘hands-on.’ Examples covered include truss structures, columns, beams, reinforced shell structures, stiffened panels and composite laminates. For the last three, a review of relevant analysis methods is included. Exercises, with solutions where appropriate, are also included with each chapter. The book offers a valuable resource for engineering students at the upper undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as others in the industry and elsewhere who are new to these highly practical techniques.While the specific application is to structural design, the principles involved can be applied far more widely.

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Winner of a 2018 TAA Textbook Excellence Award

`Bridges the gap' between conventional design methods and advanced texts on optimization theory

Spreadsheet programs using Solver in Excel enable readers to experience optimization `hands-on'

Includes examples referring to relevant structural design problems, such as shell structures and composite laminates

Provides an accessible, compact text in which methods are adequately explained without excessive focus on mathematical derivations

Enables readers to use optimization modules in major computer packages

Worked solutions to the exercises in the book available on http://extras.springer.com/

Preface
1 The Conventional Design Process
2 Optimality Criteria
3 The General Optimization Problem
4 Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimization
5 Numerical Methods for Constrained Optimization
6 Optimization of Beams
7 Reinforced Shell Structures
8 Composite Laminates
9 Laminate Optimization
10 Optimization with Finite Element Analysis. Final Word
Appendix
Index.
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Alan Rothwell has worked as professor in aircraft structures at Delft University of Technology for many years. Prior to his appointment in Delft in 1981 he was research fellow,then lecturer in aircraft design at Cranfield University of Technology in England.

Alan Rothwell has a BSc from London University, MS from Stanford and PhD from Cranfield.

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Alan Rothwell has worked as professor in aircraft structures at Delft University of Technology for many years. Prior to his appointment in Delft in 1981 he was research fellow,then lecturer in aircraft design at Cranfield University of Technology in England.

Alan Rothwell has a BSc from London University, MS from Stanford and PhD from Cranfield.

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