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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 37
Edited by: B. Kumar
Paper VI.4

Constraint-based Genetic Algorithm Optimization Applied to Reinforced Concrete Design

W.K. Lucas and W.M.K. Roddis

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States of America

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W.K. Lucas, W.M.K. Roddis, "Constraint-based Genetic Algorithm Optimization Applied to Reinforced Concrete Design", in B. Kumar, (Editor), "Information Processing in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 171-175, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.37.6.4
The preliminary specification of a constraint-based design system for structural concrete that uses a genetic algorithm for search is presented. Example constraints are given for a singly reinforced rectangular concrete beam cross-section. Concrete design and detailing requirements can be conveniently represented in the context of constraint-based reasoning. Coupling functional constraints with a genetic algorithm is found to be a promising approach to deal with the combinatorial difficulties and potential for over constraint encountered in actual structural concrete design problems.

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