• Ernest Hinton
  • Johann Sienz
  • Mustafa Özakça


Chapter 1 provides an overview of the scope of this book. It begins with a simplified classification of shell structures to differentiate between the various idealizations of shell structures considered. Computer-aided curve and surface modelling tools used to represent the geometries of the shell structures are then briefly described. Next, the element technology required for the analysis of shell structures is presented. Later, the basic algorithm for structural shape optimization is outlined. In the penultimate section, the main computer programs contained in the book are summarized. Finally, the layout of the book is described.


Design Variable Shell Structure Structural Optimization Problem Mathematical Programming Method Finite Strip 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest Hinton
    • 1
  • Johann Sienz
    • 2
  • Mustafa Özakça
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Wales SwanseaSwanseaUK
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Wales SwanseaSwanseaUK
  3. 3.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of GaziantepGaziantepTurkey

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