The emergence of metaheuristic algorithms has significantly improved the ways in which engineers and researchers carry out computations in structural mechanics.
The first change was in structural design: the use of metaheuristic algorithms enabled the optimization of structures with a number of key parameters and constraints, including those with nonlinearities and multiple objectives. The second improvement – also centered on optimization – came within the field of structural analysis, and concerned total potential energy. Furthermore, certain problems within structural analysis which had previously been unsolvable, such as structures with ill-conditioned stiffness matrices, those with all types of constraints and nonlinearities, those with multiple equilibrium configurations, and even under-constrained structures, were now within the reach of researchers and engineers.
This book uses historical context to clearly present the state-of-the-art of both structural design and structural analysis with carefully chosen examples from the literature. The book concludes by addressing the fact that there is still important work to be done within these fields.
1. Evolution of Structural Analysis and Design.
2. Metaheuristic Algorithms.
3. Application of Metaheuristic Algorithms to Structural Problems.
4. Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms in Structural Design.
5. Optimization of Truss-like Structures.
6. Optimization of Structures and Members.
7. Optimization in Structural Control Problems.
8. Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms to Structural Analysis.
Yusuf Cengiz Toklu is a Professor at Beykent University, Turkey. He obtained his Dr.-Ing. at Institut de Mécanique Théorique et Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences, Université Paris VI, France. He is the founder of methods for analysis of structures using metaheuristics.
Gebrail Bekda? is a researcher in the mechanics division within the Department of Civil Engineering at Istanbul University-Cerrahpa?a, Turkey. He obtained his DPhil in Structural Engineering from Istanbul University.
Sinan Melih Nigdeli is a researcher in mechanics division within the Department of Civil Engineering at Istanbul University-Cerrahpa?a, Turkey. He obtained his DPhil in Structural Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
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