Multi-objective design optimization of an innovative fibre composite sandwich panel for civil engineering applications

Awad, Z. K. and Aravinthan, T. and Zhuge, Y. and Gonzalez, F. (2011) Multi-objective design optimization of an innovative fibre composite sandwich panel for civil engineering applications. In: 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 21): Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 7-10 Dec 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

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Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials have become an important target for providing innovative structures in civil engineering applications. FRP composite structures have been used as a replacement for old degrading traditional structures or building new structures. This paper describes a methodology and results for an optimal design of innovative structural fibre composite sandwich floor panel by using Finite Element (FE) and multi-objective design optimization methods. The materials cost and the structural panel weight minimizations are regarded as two objective functions for the design target. The multi-objective simulated annealing (MOSA) algorithm was used to find the optimum design variables. The optimization results show that the skin orientation of ±45 degrees is the best design for two-way square floor panel design.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 03:31
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-objective; optimization; fibre composite; sandwich panel; non-linear finite element; simulated annealing SA; modeFRONTIER; ABAQUS; civil engineering applications
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
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: 10.1201/b10571-145

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