Describes development work to combine the basic ESO with the additive evolutionary structural optimisation (AESO) to produce bidirectional ESO whereby material can be added and can be removed. It will be shown that this provides the same results as the traditional ESO. This has two benefits, it validates the whole ESO concept and there is a significant time saving since the structure grows from a small initial one rather than contracting from a sometimes huge initial one where 90 per cent of the material gets removed over many hundreds of finite element analysis (FEA) evolutionary cycles. Presents a brief background to the current state of Structural Optimisation research. This is followed by a discussion of the strategies for the bidirectional ESO (BESO) algorithm and two examples are presented.
Querin, O.M., Steven, G.P. and Xie, Y.M. (1998), "Evolutionary structural optimisation (ESO) using a bidirectional algorithm", Engineering Computations, Vol. 15 No. 8, pp. 1031-1048. https://doi.org/10.1108/02644409810244129Download as .RIS
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