Design optimization of cold-formed steel portal frames taking into account the effect of building topology

Phan, DT, Lim, JBP, Sha, W, Siew, CYM, Tanyimboh, TT, Issa, HK and Mohammad, FA ORCID: 0000-0001-6955-4261, 2013. Design optimization of cold-formed steel portal frames taking into account the effect of building topology. Engineering Optimization, 45 (4), pp. 415-433. ISSN 0305-215X

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Cold-formed steel portal frames are a popular form of construction for low-rise commercial, light industrial and agricultural buildings with spans of up to 20 m. In this article, a real-coded genetic algorithm is described that is used to minimize the cost of the main frame of such buildings. The key decision variables considered in this proposed algorithm consist of both the spacing and pitch of the frame as continuous variables, as well as the discrete section sizes. A routine taking the structural analysis and frame design for cold-formed steel sections is embedded into a genetic algorithm. The results show that the real-coded genetic algorithm handles effectively the mixture of design variables, with high robustness and consistency in achieving the optimum solution. All wind load combinations according to Australian code are considered in this research. Results for frames with knee braces are also included, for which the optimization achieved even larger savings in cost.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Engineering Optimization
Creators: Phan, D.T., Lim, J.B.P., Sha, W., Siew, C.Y.M., Tanyimboh, T.T., Issa, H.K. and Mohammad, F.A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2013
Volume: 45
Number: 4
ISSN: 0305-215X
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Feb 2016 10:59
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:59

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