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Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 127-139

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The OptdesX design optimization software

  • A.R. ParkinsonAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 435 CTB, BYU Provo, UT 84602, USA e-mail:
  • , R.J. BallingAffiliated withDepartment of Civil Engineering,Brigham Young University, 368 CB, BYU Provo, UT 84602, USA e-mail:

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This paper describes the OptdesX design optimization software. The software provides a design environment for optimization of engineering problems. The software supports interactive variable and function selection, optimization with continuous and discrete algorithms, design space graphics, tolerance analysis, and control of noise in numerical derivatives, as well as numerous other features. The software is described and illustrated in terms of a small example problem. The software is available on Unix platforms only.

Key words: design optimization software, continuous and discrete optimization