Using evolutionary programming for finite element problems

  • Kevin M. Nelson
Engineering, Decision Support, and Control Applications
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1213)


This exploratory paper attempts to determine the viability of using evolutionary programming to solve general structural mechanics problems. A reasonable objective function is presented using a standard finite element method. The weighted sum of four error vector norms is used as the fitness value of a candidate solution. Results and discussions are presented for simultaneous linear equations and 2-D truss problems. The results indicate that scaling is vital, indicating the need for adaptive scaling and that the method is viable for solving structural mechanics problems.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin M. Nelson
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  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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