Accession Number : ADP000026

Title :   Structural Optimization, Some Key Ideas and Insights,


Personal Author(s) : Schmit,Lucien A.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The central purpose of structural analysis is to predict the behavior of trial designs. The results of structural analyses are used to assess the adequacy and relative merits of alternative trial designs with respect to established design criteria. The existence of general and reliable structural analysis capabilities coupled with the continuing growth of digital computing power, at ever lower cost per operation, has led rather naturally to a marked increase in structural optimization research, development, and applications activity. The main body of this lecture will be focused on a selected set of key ideas that have played an important role in the development of structural optimization.

Descriptors :   *Structural engineering, *Structural mechanics, *Structural response, *Optimization, Structural analysis, Structures, Weight reduction, Composite materials, Construction materials, Topology, Configurations, Sizes(Dimensions), Joints, Attachment, Fastenings, Static loads, Stresses, Mathematical programming, Algorithms

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE