A new stochastic optimization method, which makes use of a constraint on structural reliability, is proposed for structures subject to dynamic random loads. A minimum weight problem is posed, in which a constraint condition imposes that the failure probability must be smaller than a given admissible level. The failure is determined by the first crossing outside the safe domain of a suitable structural response vector. The method is used to find the optimal shape of an elastic vertical column supporting a fixed mass positioned on the top, subject to a Gaussian filtered stationary stochastic horizontal acceleration process. The column, with variable annular cross-section, is described by a deterministic elastic multi-degree-of-freedom system. It is assumed that failure is reached when its lateral displacement exceeds an acceptable threshold value. Under this constraint, the structural weight is minimized and the optimal shape is determined for different structural conditions.
|Autori interni:||TRENTADUE, Francesco|
MARANO, Giuseppe Carlo
|Titolo:||Optimum design criteria for elastic structures subject to random dynamic loads|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/03052150600913028|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|