An Experimental versus Numerical Shape Optimization Method.

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1988

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This paper describes and compares an experimental and a numerical method for shape optimization of continuum structures. The experimental method is based on a systematic application of photoelasticity. The numerical method is based on coupling of a finite element analysis and an optimization method. The paper demonstrates the importance of designer's interaction during the shape optimization process. The discussion is made taking shape optimization of a hole in a tall beam as an example.

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