Optimization of Large Structural Systems

  • G. I. N. Rozvany

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 231)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Optimality Criteria and Topology Optimization

    1. M. Zhou, G. I. N. Rozvany
      Pages 27-75
    2. G. I. N. Rozvany, M. Zhou, W. Gollub
      Pages 77-102
    3. U. Kirsch, G. I. N. Rozvany
      Pages 121-138
    4. Katsuyuki Suzuki, Noboru Kikuchi
      Pages 157-175
    5. Junichi Fukushima, Katsuyuki Suzuki, Noboru Kikuchi
      Pages 177-191
  3. Decomposition Methods and Approximation Concepts

  4. Sensitivity Analysis

  5. Mathematical Programming and Global Optima

  6. Composite, Anisotropic and Nonlinear Materials

  7. Neural Networks, Parallel Processing, Multicriteria and Control Problems

    1. Laszlo Berke, Prabhat Hajela
      Pages 731-745
    2. Juhani Koski
      Pages 793-809
    3. H. L. Thomas, G. N. Vanderplaats
      Pages 811-828
    4. N. S. Khot
      Pages 829-842
  8. Applications

About this book


G.I.N. Rozvany ASI Director, Professor of Structural Design, FB 10, Essen University, Essen, Germany Structural optimization deals with the optimal design of all systems that consist, at least partially, of solids and are subject to stresses and deformations. This inte­ grated discipline plays an increasingly important role in all branches of technology, including aerospace, structural, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering as well as energy generation and building technology. In fact, the design of most man­ made objects, ranging from space-ships and long-span bridges to tennis rackets and artificial organs, can be improved considerably if human intuition is enhanced by means of computer-aided, systematic decisions. In analysing highly complex structural systems in practice, discretization is un­ avoidable because closed-form analytical solutions are only available for relatively simple, idealized problems. To keep discretization errors to a minimum, it is de­ sirable to use a relatively large number of elements. Modern computer technology enables us to analyse systems with many thousand degrees of freedom. In the optimization of structural systems, however, most currently available methods are restricted to at most a few hundred variables or a few hundred active constraints.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. I. N. Rozvany
    • 1
  1. 1.Essen UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-9579-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9577-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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