Development of a computer program for the testing and evaluation of numerical optimization techniques

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Authors
Fitzgerald, James Edward, III
Subjects
Optimization
Optimizer
Finite element method
Automated design
Shape optimization
Advisors
Vanderplaats, Garret N.
Date of Issue
1982-06
Date
June 1982
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
A three dimensional finite element code is written for truss analysis and design. Trusses may be designed for minimum weight subject to constraints on: member stresses, Euler buckling, joint displacements and system natural frequency. The optimum configuration may be found in addition to optimization with respect to member sizes. The finite element code may be used as a stand alone analysis tool or may be coupled to an optimizer of the user's choice. The finite element displacement method of analysis is used for static analysis and eigenvalues are calculated using the subspace iteration technique. A major portion of this work is the software (user guide) which is presented in detail with examples and results. Explanation of how this code is coupled to an optimizer is given. Design variables are member area sizes, joint coordinates, or both. Examples are presented to demonstrate the method.
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Thesis
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Department
Mechanical Engineering
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
1 v. (various leaves)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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