**Makoto Ohsaki ... **439 pages - **Publisher:** CRC Press; 1st edition (July, 2010) ... **Language:** English - **ISBN-10:** 1439820031 - **ISBN-13:** 978-1439820032 ...

Originally developed for mechanical and
aeronautical engineering, structural optimization is not so easily
applied to civil and architectural engineering, as structures in these
fields are not mass products, but more often unique structures planned
in accordance with specific design requirements. The shape and geometry
of such structures are determined by a designer or an architect in view
of nonstructural performance that includes aesthetics. Until now, books
in this area gave little help to engineers working in cooperation with
designers, as they covered conceptual material with little consideration
of civil engineering applications, or they required a solid background
in applied mathematics and continuum mechanics, an area not usually
studied by practicing engineers and students in civil engineering. **Optimization of Finite Dimensional Structures**
introduces methodologies and applications that are closely related to
design problems encountered in structural optimization, to serve as a
bridge between the communities of structural optimization in mechanical
engineering and the researchers and engineers in civil engineering. **This
unparalleled, self-contained work: **Provides
readers with the basics of optimization of frame structures, such as
trusses, building frames, and long-span structures, with descriptions of
various applications to real-world problems. Summarizes the historical development of methodologies and theorems on optimization of frame structures. Introduces many recently developed highly efficient optimization techniques presented with illustrative examples. Describes
traditional problems with constraints on limit loads, member stresses,
compliance, and eigenvalues of vibration, all in detail. Offers a unique look at optimization results for spatial trusses and latticed domes. Mathematical
preliminaries and methodologies are summarized in the book’s appendix,
so that readers can attend to the details when needed without having to
wade through tedious mathematics in the explanatory main chapters.
Instead, small examples that can be solved by hand or by using a simple
program are presented in these chapters, making the book readily
accessible and highly useful for both classroom use and professional
self-study.