A review of optimization techniques used in the design of fibre composite structures for civil engineering applications

Awad, Ziad K. and Aravinthan, Thiru and Zhuge, Yan and Gonzalez, Felipe (2012) A review of optimization techniques used in the design of fibre composite structures for civil engineering applications. Materials and Design, 33 (1). pp. 534-544. ISSN 0264-1275


Fibre composite structures have become the most attractive candidate for civil engineering applications. Fibre reinforced plastic polymer (FRP) composite materials have been used in the rehabilitation and replacement of the old degrading traditional structures or build new structures. However, the lack of design standards for civil infrastructure limits their structural applications. The majority of the existing applications have been designed based on the research and guidelines provided by the fibre composite manufacturers or based on the designer’s experience. It has been a tendency that the final structure is generally over-designed. This paper provides a review on the available studies related to the design optimization
of fibre composite structures used in civil engineering such as; plate, beam, box beam, sandwich panel, bridge girder, and bridge deck. Various optimization methods are presented and compared. In addition, the importance of using the appropriate optimization technique is discussed. An improved methodology, which considering experimental testing, numerical modelling, and design constrains, is
proposed in the paper for design optimization of composite structures.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Available online 5 May 2011.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 02:34
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite polymer matrix; pultrusion; sandwich structures; box beam; bridge girder; civil engineering applications; civil infrastructures; design optimization
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120405 Models of Engineering Design
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2011.04.061
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19190

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