In practical design of steel structures, the designer usually must choose from a limited number of commercially available shapes such as the widely used wide flange shapes. In this article, we present a hybrid counterpropagation-neural dynamics model and a new neural network topology for discrete optimization of large structures subjected to the AISC ASD specifications. The constrained structural optimization problem is formulated in terms of a neural dynamics model with constraint and variable layers. The counterpropagation part of the model consists of the competition and interpolation layers. The CPN network is trained to learn the relationship between the cross-sectional area and the radius of gyration of the available sections. The robustness of the hybrid computational model is demonstrated by application to three examples representing the exterior envelope of high-rise and super-high-rise steel building structures, including a 141-story structure with 8904 members.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Microcomputers in Civil Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 1996 Sep|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science(all)
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)