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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 40
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper I.1

Fully Integrated Design Optimization for Engineering Structures with Benchmarking

E. Hinton, J. Sienz and B. Hassani

University of Wales, Swansea, United Kingdom

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E. Hinton, J. Sienz, B. Hassani, "Fully Integrated Design Optimization for Engineering Structures with Benchmarking", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Advances in Optimization for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 1-21, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.40.1.1
This paper introduces a computer based, fully integrated design optimization (FIDO) system to allow engineers to produce efficient engineering structural designs for a set of loading conditions. The basic problem may be summarised as follows: given the loading and support conditions, what is the optimal structure? To solve such a problem, a three stage process is developed involving: (a) preliminary optimal layout design, (b) structural model redefinition with parameterization and (c) refined optimal shape and sizing design.

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