This work introduces a wide variety of practical approaches to the synthesis and optimization of shapes for mechanical elements and structures. The simplest methods for achieving the best results without mathematical complexity - especially computer solutions - are emphasized. The authors present detailed case studies of structures subjected to different types of static and dynamic loading, including load-bearing structures with arbitrary support conditions, rotating disks, layered structures, pressure vessels, elastic bodies and structural elements subjected to impulsive loading.
". . .an excellent book. . ..The authors have carried out a first-class job of writing a good book in a difficult area of engineering mechanics. . .. . . .whole-heartedly recommend[ed] that Optimizing the Shape of Mechanical Elements and Structures be purchased by students, researchers, scholars, and engineers. . .also recommend[ed] that libraries all over the world buy copies of this excllent book. . . .Seireg and Rodriguez should be congratulated for this excellent work which should make significant contributions to both theoretical engineering mechanics and engineering practice. "
---Applied Mechanics Review
Shape optimization and the optimization problem; search methods - a conceptual overview; optimal shape of axisymmetric components; design of elastic bodies in contact; optimum design of prismatic bars subjected to longitudinal impacts; optimization of acoustic spaces; optimization of segmented pipelines; shape optimization of rotating components; geometric rule-based methodology for shape synthesis; rule-based approach for dynamic loading in 2-D; heuristic shape optimization.