Optimizing the Shape of Mechanical Elements and Structures

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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.

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Applied Mechanics Review
...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.
Introduces a variety of classical and novel approaches to the synthesis and optimization of shapes for mechanical elements and structures, emphasizing methods without mathematical complexity, especially computer solutions. After overviews of the shape optimization problem and common optimization methods, six chapters offer examples of algorithmic optimization used in automated solutions, and the final four chapters illustrate problems using rule- based or heuristic approaches to shape synthesis. An appendix offers a brief account of Finite Element Method basics. For engineers and graduate students in mechanical engineering. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824795559
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/2/1997
  • Series: Mechanical Engineering Series, #105
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

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.

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