BIOPT: a Method for Shape and Member Sizing Optimization of Steel Truss & Frame Structures

TitleBIOPT: a Method for Shape and Member Sizing Optimization of Steel Truss & Frame Structures
Publication TypeTechnical Report
AuthorsFlager, F., A. Adya, J. Haymaker, and M. Fischer
NumberTR202
Date Published10/2011
Abstract

This paper describes a new bi-level hierarchical method for optimizing the shape and member sizes of both determinate and indeterminate steel structures. The method utilizes a unique combination of algorithms that are organized hierarchically: the Fully Constrained Design (FCD) method for discrete sizing optimization is nested within SEQOPT, a gradient-based optimization method that operates on continuous shape variables. We benchmarked the method against several existing techniques using numerical examples and found that it compared favorably in terms of solution quality and computational efficiency. We also present a successful industry application of the method to demonstrate its practical benefits.

KeywordsFrame, shape optimization, size optimization, steel structures, structural optimization, truss
Year of Publication2011
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