Introduction

  • Peter W. Christensen
  • Anders Klarbring
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 153)

This chapter introduces basic ideas and terminology of structural optimization. The role of mathematical design optimization in the product design process is discussed. Nested and simultaneous formulations of structural optimization, as well as the three basic geometric design parameterizations—size, shape and topology, are defined.

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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter W. Christensen
    • 1
  • Anders Klarbring
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of MechanicsLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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