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An Automated Analysis-Synthesis Package for Design Optimization of Framed Structures

S Taye

Abstract


An integrated analysis-synthesis software package that is based on the Fortran-90 standards is developed for the design optimization of framed structures - continuous beams, plane and space trusses and rigid frames, grids and composite truss-rigid frames. The package will enable the structural engineer to effectively and efficiently isolate designs that are better than alternative designs with minimal interaction and less computational effort. The capabilities of the package also include pure analysis and parametric studies.

A numerical example will be presented to show the potential capabilities of the package.




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