Stochastic search in structural optimization - Genetic algorithms and simulated annealingAn account is given of illustrative applications of genetic algorithms and simulated annealing methods in structural optimization. The advantages of such stochastic search methods over traditional mathematical programming strategies are emphasized; it is noted that these methods offer a significantly higher probability of locating the global optimum in a multimodal design space. Both genetic-search and simulated annealing can be effectively used in problems with a mix of continuous, discrete, and integer design variables.
Hajela, Prabhat (Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. Troy, NY, United States)