Optimal Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems

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P. Y. Papalambros

Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

J. Mech. Des 117(B), 55-62 (Jun 01, 1995) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2836471 History: Received October 01, 1994; Revised December 01, 1994; Online January 24, 2008


The capability of mathematical optimization to support the mechanical design process is finally reaching wide recognition, as evidenced by significant applications in industry. The article reviews key issues and challenges for design optimization theorists and practitioners. Large scale system design and topology or configuration design are identified as the most important areas of future design optimization research. Some new approaches for partitioning large design problems and for topology optimization of multi-component structural systems are introduced.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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