DESIGN OPTIMIZATION FALL
DESIGN OPTIMIZATION (MDO)
No: AOE/ESM 4084
90252, ESM 92178;
Th - 212 Holden Hall
Instructor: Z. Gürdal, 322-C Norris Hall,
address: AOE-ESM-4084 (to be created)
Hours: To be decided
Contents: Formulation of an optimum design
problem, and introduction to optimum design concepts and multidisciplinary
design optimization. Use of mathematical
programming methods for engineering design optimization including linear
programming, sequential linear programming, random search, and gradient based
search techniques. Applications to
variety of engineering and multidisciplinary design problems. Mathematica will be heavily used throughout
the semester, and students are expected to use it for the solution of many
homework assignments. In addition, a
finite element based design optimization program will be used.
Prerequisite: Math 2214, 2224.
Optimization Techniques for Engineering Design” by G. Vanderplaats,
1984 (Copies will be arranged through V&RD Inc., along with GENESIS
Book: “Elements of Structural
Optimization” by R. T. Haftka and Z. Gürdal, Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Exams: There will be two term
exams and a final. The final exam will
be comprehensive. The term and the
final exams are closed book, closed notes, and may include multiple-choice
and/or true-false type questions. One
page formula sheet for each term exams is allowed.
Code: The Honor Code will be
strictly enforced. All assignments
submitted shall be considered graded work, unless otherwise noted. All aspects of your course work are covered
by the honor System. Honesty in your
academic work will develop into professional integrity. The faculty and students of Virginia Tech
will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty.
Grade Calc.: Homework: 35%
Term Exams: 20
Final Exam: 25%
on individual interests.