Numerical optimization algorithm for engineering problems using micro-computer.
Kim, Dong Soo
Vanderplaats, Garret N.
Wood, R. Kevin
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A general purpose computer program is developed to perform nonlinear constrained optimization of engineering design problems. The program is developed especially for use on microcomputers and is called Microcomputer Software for Constrained Optimization Problems (MSCOP) . It will accept a nonlinear objective function and up to 50 inequality constraint functions and up to 20 bounded design variables. MSCOP employs the method of feasible directions. Although developed for microcomputers, for speed of development, the MSCOP was implemented on an IBM 3033 using standard basic language, Waterloo BASIC Version 2.0. It is directly transportable to a variety of microcomputers. Typical applications of MSCOP program are in the design of machine components and simple beam and truss structures. Solutions to three sample problems are given.
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