Optimization Theory and Applications


Optimization Theory and Applications

By: Dr. Garret (Gary) N. Vanderplaats, Ph.D., PE

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a brief introduction to modern design optimization theory. The seminar begins with an overview of general concepts. Effective algorithms for unconstrained and constrained minimization will be discussed followed by some examples of general applications to demonstrate the breadth of design tasks amenable to optimization.


The second half of this seminar will focus on the specialized area of structural optimization. Here, sophisticated approximation techniques that allow users to solve very large optimization tasks for the cost of only about 15 finite element structural analyses are covered. Examples of modern structural optimization will be presented to demonstrate the state of the art.


This seminar is intended for practitioners or potential practitioners of optimization who wish to gain a better understanding of the methods contained in our software.


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