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An Enhanced Formulation of the Maximum Entropy Method for Structural Optimization

S. Hernández1,2, A. Baldomir1, J. Díaz1, F. Pereira1

Structural Mechanics Group, School of Civil Engineering, University of La Coruña.
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Computers, Materials & Continua 2012, 32(3), 219-240.


A numerical optimization method was proposed time ago by Templeman based on the maximum entropy principle. That approach combined the Kuhn-Tucker condition and the information theory postulates to create a probabilistic formulation of the optimality criteria techniques. Such approach has been enhanced in this research organizing the mathematical process in a single optimization loop and linearizing the constraints. It turns out that such procedure transforms the optimization process in a sequence of systems of linear equations which is a very efficient way of obtaining the optimum solution of the problem. Some examples of structural optimization, namely, a planar truss, a spatial truss and a composite stiffened panel, are presented to demonstrate the capabilities of the methodology.


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S. . Hernández, A. . Baldomir, J. . Díaz and F. . Pereira, "An enhanced formulation of the maximum entropy method for structural optimization," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 32, no.3, pp. 219–240, 2012.

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