Multilayer-Perceptron Network Ensemble Modeling with Genetic Algorithms for the Capacity of Bolted Lap Joint
The assessment of failure force in bolted lap joints is a critical parameter in the design of steel structures. This kind of bolted joint shows a highly nonlinear behaviour so traditional analytical models are not very reliable. By contrast, other classical technique like finite element analysis provides a powerful tool to solve nonlinearities but usually with a high computational cost. In this article, we propose a data-driven approach based on multilayer-perceptron network ensemble model for failure force prediction, using a data set generated via finite element simulations of different bolted lap joints. Numeric ensemble methods combine multiple predictors to obtain a single output through average. Moreover, a procedure based on genetic algorithms is used to optimize the ensemble parameters. Results show greater generalization capacity than single prediction model. The resulting ensemble includes the advantages of finite element method whereas reduces the complexity and requires less computation.
KeywordsGenetic Algorithms Multilayer-perceptron Network Ensemble Model Finite Element Method Bolted Connection Lap Joint
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