Truss layout optimization within a continuum

Tomás Zegard, Glaucio H. Paulino

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The present work extends truss layout optimization by considering the case when it is embedded in a continuum. Structural models often combine discrete and continuum members and current requirements for efficiency and extreme structures push research in the field of optimization. Examples of varied complexity and dimensional space are analyzed and compared, highlighting the advantages of the proposed method. The goal of this work is to provide a simple formulation for the discrete component of the structure, more specifically the truss, to be optimized in presence of a continuum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Control and Optimization


  • Discrete-continuum optimization
  • Embedded formulation
  • Michell truss
  • Topology optimization
  • Truss geometry optimization
  • Truss layout optimization


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