By Peter W. Christensen

This ebook has grown out of lectures and classes given at Linköping college, Sweden, over a interval of 15 years. It provides an introductory remedy of difficulties and strategies of structural optimization. the 3 simple periods of geometrical - timization difficulties of mechanical constructions, i. e. , dimension, form and topology op- mization, are taken care of. the focal point is on concrete numerical answer equipment for d- crete and (?nite aspect) discretized linear elastic buildings. the fashion is specific and sensible: mathematical proofs are supplied while arguments could be saved e- mentary yet are differently purely brought up, whereas implementation information are usually supplied. in addition, because the textual content has an emphasis on geometrical layout difficulties, the place the layout is represented by way of consistently varying―frequently very many― variables, so-called ?rst order equipment are relevant to the therapy. those tools are in accordance with sensitivity research, i. e. , on developing ?rst order derivatives for - jectives and constraints. The classical ?rst order tools that we emphasize are CONLIN and MMA, that are in response to specific, convex and separable appro- mations. it may be remarked that the classical and often used so-called op- mality standards process can be of this type. it could possibly even be famous during this context that 0 order equipment reminiscent of reaction floor equipment, surrogate versions, neural n- works, genetic algorithms, and so on. , primarily observe to varieties of difficulties than those taken care of the following and may be provided somewhere else.

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14) ∂Lj (xj , λ) = 0, ∂xj cf. Fig. 7. Since xj → Lj (xj , λ) is strictly convex, there is a unique solution to this minimization problem. 14) for each j , 1 ≤ j ≤ n, we may obtain the dual objective function. As usual, the dual problem is solved by maximizing the dual objective function for λ ≥ 0. t. 5 ≤ 0 x ∈ X = {x : 0 ≤ x1 ≤ 1, −2 ≤ x2 ≤ 1}. The problem is illustrated in Fig. 8. 5λ. L1 (x1 ,λ) L2 (x2 ,λ) Differentiation gives ∂L1 = 2x1 + λ − 6, ∂x1 ∂L2 = 2x2 + λ + 2. 4 Lagrangian Duality 49 Fig.

2 f (x) ∂x1 ∂xn ⎥ ⎥ ∂ 2 f (x) ⎥ ⎥ ⎥ ∂x2 ∂xn ⎥ , ⎥ ⎥ .. ⎥ . ⎥ 2 ∂ f (x) ⎦ ∂xn2 a matrix A ∈ Rn×n is positive semidefinite if y T Ay ≥ 0, for all y ∈ Rn , and positive definite if y T Ay > 0, for all y ∈ Rn with y = 0. 3 A symmetric matrix A ∈ Rn×n is positive definite if and only if the determinant of the upper left k × k submatrix is positive for each k = 1, . . , n. e. that it may be written as A = LLT , where L is a nonsingular lower triangular matrix. 3 Consider the function f : R2 → R, f (x1 , x2 ) = x12 + x22 .

11) 3 + λ1 ⎢ ⎣ 3 ⎦ 0 1 −√ 2 3A2 8F 3F λ1 √ + − σ0 = 0. 11) we get λ1 = A22 = 0. 3 Insertion of this into the first row gives 8A2 2 √ − √ 2 2 = 0, 3 3 3A1 from which we get √ 3 A1 . 12), we finally get A2 = 14F A∗1 = √ 3σ0 and A∗2 = 7F . σ0 Since the problem is convex, cf. 1, we know that this KKT point is also the global minimum of (P)1 , see Fig. 6. e. they were written as g2 ≤ 0, . . , g5 ≤ 0. However, since in this example (and as in any statically determinate truss), the stress in each bar depends only on the cross-sectional area of that particular bar, the stress constraints may be written as simple box constraints instead, cf.