|SM24||Structural optimization (jointly with ISSMO)||Chairs: K. K. Choi (USA), J. Herskovits (Brazil)|
Modern design techniques seek the best design to perform the desired tasks.
Structural Optimization deals with the optimal design of structural elements
and systems employed in several engineering fields. It was first applied in
the aerospace industry, where reducing the structural weight is of utmost
importance. Nowadays, use of Structural Optimization is rapidly growing in
automotive, aeronautical, mechanical, civil, nuclear, naval, and off-shore
engineering. This is due to the increase of technological competition and
the development of strong and efficient techniques for several practical
applications. These techniques integrate CAD tools for geometric modeling,
general analysis methods, like the finite element method, and methods of
design sensitivity analysis with mathematical programming or optimality
criteria methods. The increasing speed and capacity of digital computers
makes large-scale structural optimization possible and profitable in large
number of applications.
Contributions are invited covering all basic techniques and a large set of applications, with particular interest on micro, nano and biomechanics applications as well as smart and graded materials. More ....