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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 106
PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWELFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL STRUCTURES TECHNOLOGY
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and P. Iványi
Paper 259

Structural Optimization of Free-Form Reciprocal Structures

D. Parigi

Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
D. Parigi, "Structural Optimization of Free-Form Reciprocal Structures", in B.H.V. Topping, P. Iványi, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 259, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.106.259
Keywords: reciprocal structures, finite element method, optimization, free-form..

Summary
This paper presents an optimization algorithm for the design of structurally efficient free-form reciprocal structures. Because of the geometric complexity of reciprocal structures, only a few structural studies have been carried out so far, and we have a limited knowledge of the relation between geometry and structural behaviour in reciprocal structures. This study takes advantage of the preceding work carried by the author on the Reciprocalizer, a software tool for the generation of reciprocal geometries. The Reciprocalizer has been included into a structural optimization algorithm for the generation of structurally efficient free-form reciprocal structures.

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