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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING   2018 , Volume 10 , Number 4; Page(s) 401 To 419.

TOSCA: a Tool for Optimisation in Structural and Civil engineering Analyses

Author(s):  Chisari Corrado*, Amadio Claudio
* Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK
Many structural engineering problems, e. g. parameter identification, optimal design and topology optimisation, involve the use of optimisation algorithms. Genetic algorithms (GA), in particular, have proved to be an effective framework for black-box problems and general enough to be applied to the most disparate problems of engineering practice. In this paper, the code TOSCA, which employs genetic algorithms in the search for the optimum, is described. It has been developed by the authors with the aim of providing a flexible tool for the solution of several optimisation problems arising in structural engineering. The interface has been developed to couple the programme to general solvers using text input/output files and in particular widely used finite element codes. The problem of GA parameter tuning is systematically dealt with by proposing some guidelines based on the role and behaviour of each operator. Two numerical applications are proposed to show how to assess the results and modify GA parameters accordingly, and to demonstrate the flexibility of the integrated approach proposed on a realistic case of seismic retrofitting optimal design.
Keyword(s): Genetic algorithms ·,Parameter tuning ·,Multi-objective optimisation ·,Optimal design
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