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Optimization in structural design using complex method Pathan, Abdul Nabi

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The optimum design, with respect to cost, of reinforced concrete structures, satisfying Building Code Requirements (ACI 318-63), is investigated, using Box's Complex Method. Variables considered are: geometry, topology, member sizes and material properties. The optimum design, with respect to volume of single span, pin-connected, plane trusses, is investigated, using Box's Complex Method. Variables considered are: member sizes and nodal co-ordinates. The feasibility of the Complex Method is probed by checking the results, either by conducting exhaustive search or comparing them with solutions obtained with linear programming methods.

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