Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 119–129 | Cite as

A general criterion for optimal structural design

  • M. A. Save
Contributed Papers


A general criterion of structural optimality is presented and discussed. It applies to multipurpose structures subjected to multiple or movable loadings, the design of which is defined by several design functions. The cost is assumed to be a convex function of the various specific energies associated with the respective behavioral constraints. This criterion is shown to include most (if not all) criteria used up to now.

Key Words

Structural optimization optimization theorems structural design solid mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Save
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  1. 1.Facult'e Polytechnique de MonsMonsBelgium

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