An Introduction to Structural Optimization

  • Authors
  • Peter W. Christensen
  • Anders Klarbring

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 153)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 1-7
  3. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 9-34
  4. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 35-55
  5. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 57-75
  6. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 77-95
  7. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 97-115
  8. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 117-146
  9. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 147-177
  10. Peter W. Christensen, Anders Klarbring
    Pages 179-201
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 203-211

About this book

Introduction

Mechanical and structural engineers have always strived to make as efficient use of material as possible, e.g. by making structures as light as possible yet able to carry the loads subjected to them. In the past, the search for more efficient structures was a trial-and-error process. However, in the last two decades computational tools based on optimization theory have been developed that make it possible to find optimal structures more or less automatically. Due to the high cost savings and performance gains that may be achieved, such tools are finding increasing industrial use.
This textbook gives an introduction to all three classes of geometry optimization problems of mechanical structures: sizing, shape and topology optimization. The style is explicit and concrete, focusing on problem formulations and numerical solution methods. The treatment is detailed enough to enable readers to write their own implementations. On the book's homepage, programs may be downloaded that further facilitate the learning of the material covered.

The mathematical prerequisites are kept to a bare minimum, making the book suitable for undergraduate, or beginning graduate, students of mechanical or structural engineering. Practicing engineers working with structural optimization software would also benefit from reading this book.

Keywords

concrete geometrical optimization shape optimization sizing optimization structural optimizastion structure topology optimization

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8666-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8665-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8666-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
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