Automated design of steel trusses

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Abstract

Designing an automated procedure for the optimal design of any structural system poses special challenges. Converting this methodology into a practical tool is even more challenging. In this research, a point-and-click software system is developed for the optimal design of roof truss systems. The starting point is a roof template containing minimal user input - outline of the truss, truss spacing, load information, and cost figures. A ground structure is constructed as the starting point of the design iterations. The Genetic Algorithm (GA) is used as the optimization tool to drive the design changes. Using the database of available sections, the member cross-sections are selected for the top and bottom chords, and the webs. In addition, the number and layout of the web members is also determined. The final design is obtained so that the truss has the lowest cost and also satisfies AISI-LRFD design specifications. Numerical experience using the developed methodology and the software system on an Intel-based PC running Microsoft Windows OS shows that optimal designs can be obtained in a few minutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures: Recent Research and Developments in Cold-Formed Steel Design and Construction
EditorsR.A. LaBoube, W.W. Yu
Pages411-422
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventFifteenth International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures: Recent Research and Developments in Cold-Formed Steel Design and Construction - St. louis, MO, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2000Oct 20 2000

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OtherFifteenth International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures: Recent Research and Developments in Cold-Formed Steel Design and Construction
CountryUnited States
CitySt. louis, MO
Period10/19/0010/20/00

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Chen, S. Y., Mobasher, B., & Rajan, S. (2000). Automated design of steel trusses. In R. A. LaBoube, & W. W. Yu (Eds.), International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures: Recent Research and Developments in Cold-Formed Steel Design and Construction (pp. 411-422)