Development of a computer program for the testing and evaluation of numerical optimization techniques
Fitzgerald, James Edward, III
Vanderplaats, Garret N.
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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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