A robust method for integrated design of trusses supporting distributed loads

Maheri, Alireza and Maheri, Mahmoud (2012) A robust method for integrated design of trusses supporting distributed loads. Engineering Structures, 40. pp. 339-349. ISSN 0141-0296

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.03.009

Abstract

This paper presents a robust method for semi-deterministic topology and geometry design of trusses supporting distributed loads, giving due considerations to the load domain. The load-bearing nodes are not treated as basic nodes and the number and location of these nodes are considered as design variables. These quantities affect both the truss and the distributed load domains. The method developed for the integrated design of trusses supporting distributed loads is based on introducing a new parameter that can be treated as an additional design objective or constraint in truss design problems. This parameter can be used as a reliable substitute for the load domain objectives in a semi-deterministic integrated design. A case study is carried out to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed design method.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Integrated domain design, semi-deterministic optimisation, Truss optimisation, Load Conversion Expediency, design-driven structural analysis
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
H400 Aerospace Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Alireza Maheri
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 09:27
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6331

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