This book summarizes advances in a number of fundamental areas of optimization with application in engineering design. The selection of the 'best' or 'optimum' design has long been a major concern of designers and in recent years interest has grown in applying mathematical optimization techniques to design of large engineering and industrial systems, and in using the computer-aided design packages with optimization capabilities which are now available.
Preface. Biographies of contributors. Metric/imperial equivalents for common units. Mathematical theory of optimum engineering design. Optimality criteria methods for large discretized systems. Model reduction and verification. Generalized geometric programming for structural optimization. Nonlinear mixed integer programming. Multicriterion structural optimization. Multicriteria design optimization by goal programming. Optimization of controlled structures. Database design and management in engineering optimization. Optimization of topology. Practical shape optimization for mechanical structures. Practical optimization of structural steel frameworks. Reliability-based structural optimization. Index.