Probabilistic optimal design using second moment criteria

A. D. Belegundu

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Probability-based optimal design of structures is presented. The emphasis here is to develop a practical approach to optimal design given random design parameters. The method is applicable to structures which are modeled using the finite element method. The Hasofer-Lind (H-L) second-moment design criterion is used to formulate the general design problem. A method for calculating the sensitivity coefficients is presented, which involves second order design sensitivity analysis. The importance of second order derivatives is established. A nonlinear programming technique is used to solve the problem. Numerical results are presented, where stiffness parameters are treated as random variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-329
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of mechanisms, transmissions, and automation in design
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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