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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 40
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper III.2

Reactive Tabu Search for Structural Optimization

S. Manoharan* and S. Shanmuganathan#

*Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
#Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
S. Manoharan, S. Shanmuganathan, "Reactive Tabu Search for Structural Optimization", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Advances in Optimization for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 53-60, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.40.3.2
It is not always practical to spend a large computing time searching for an optimal solution. Common practice therefore is to use some heuristic schemes that produce acceptable sub-optimal solutions within as acceptable time.

This paper applies a recent heuristic scheme called reactive tabu search to structural engineering optimization problems. It compares the results with results from other heuristic schemes such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms. For some small-scale problems, the paper also applies branch and bound, an exhaustive search method, to find the optimal structures so as to determine how close to optimal the sub-optimal structures are.

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