A displacement based optimization for nonlinear frame structures

S. Missoum, Z. Gürdal

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An extension of the displacement based optimization method to frames with geometrically nonlinear response is presented. This method, when applied to trusses with linear and nonlinear response, provides a substantial reduction in computational time for design optimization. The efficiency of the method is due to the elimination of numerous finite element analyses that are required in using the traditional optimization approach. For frame problems, the number of degrees of freedom is typically larger than the number of cross sectional area design variables leading to difficulties in the implementation of the method compared to the truss implementation. A scheme that relaxes the nodal equilibrium equations is introduced, and the method is validated using test examples. The optimal designs obtained by using the displacement based optimization and the classical approaches are compared to demonstrate the computational efficiency of the method for frame structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2799-2805
Number of pages7
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 2001
Event42nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, amd Materials Conference and Exhibit Technical Papers - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2001Apr 19 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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