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Aspects of structural optimization: mobile and immobile - the car and the bridge

Speaker: Irmgard Lochner, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Series: CEE Departmental Seminars
Location: Friend Center 006
Date/Time: Monday, April 4, 2011, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Structural optimization is an everyday aspect of civil engineering. We optimize structures with respect to their structural performance, their economy, their aesthetics, more and more also their environmental impact. Our commonplace tools are the heuristic methods of trial and error, of parametric variations, resulting in design loops that lead to a result which fulfills all of the design constraints given.

In the design of cars and aircrafts, the numerical methods of structural optimization are an everyday tool. Transferring these technologies into the design of buildings enables us to generate optimized structures - structures of minimized self weight, of maximized compliance - an aspect that plays an increasingly important role in civil engineering.