Solid Mechanics and Its Applications

Optimization Methods in Structural Design

Authors: Rothwell, Alan

  • ‘Bridges the gap’ between conventional design methods and advanced texts on optimization theory
  • Spreadsheet programs using Solver in Excel enable readers to experience optimization ‘hands-on’
  • Includes examples referring to relevant structural design problems, such as shell structures and composite laminates
  • Provides an accessible, compact text in which methods are adequately explained without excessive focus on mathematical derivations
  • Enables readers to use optimization modules in major computer packages
  • Worked solutions to the exercises in the book available on http://extras.springer.com/ 
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About this Textbook

This book offers an introduction to numerical optimization methods in structural design. Employing a readily accessible and compact format, the book presents an overview of optimization methods, and equips readers to properly set up optimization problems and interpret the results. A ‘how-to-do-it’ approach is followed throughout, with less emphasis at this stage on mathematical derivations. The book features spreadsheet programs provided in Microsoft Excel, which allow readers to experience optimization ‘hands-on.’ Examples covered include truss structures, columns, beams, reinforced shell structures, stiffened panels and composite laminates. For the last three, a review of relevant analysis methods is included. Exercises, with solutions where appropriate, are also included with each chapter. The book offers a valuable resource for engineering students at the upper undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as others in the industry and elsewhere who are new to these highly practical techniques.While the specific application is to structural design, the principles involved can be applied far more widely.

About the authors

Alan Rothwell has worked as professor in aircraft structures at Delft University of Technology for many years. Prior to his appointment in Delft in 1981 he was research fellow,then lecturer in aircraft design at Cranfield University of Technology in England.

Alan Rothwell has a BSc from London University, MS from Stanford and PhD from Cranfield.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Conventional Design Process

    Rothwell, Alan

    Pages 1-28

  • Optimality Criteria

    Rothwell, Alan

    Pages 29-53

  • The General Optimization Problem

    Rothwell, Alan

    Pages 55-81

  • Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimization

    Rothwell, Alan

    Pages 83-106

  • Numerical Methods for Constrained Optimization

    Rothwell, Alan

    Pages 107-145

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55197-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55196-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Optimization Methods in Structural Design
Authors
Series Title
Solid Mechanics and Its Applications
Series Volume
242
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55197-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55197-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55196-8
Series ISSN
0925-0042
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 314
Number of Illustrations and Tables
113 b/w illustrations
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