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Adaptive search space decomposition method for pre- and post- buckling analyses of space truss structures

Ojha, V. ORCID:, Pantò, B. and Nicosia, G. (2023) Adaptive search space decomposition method for pre- and post- buckling analyses of space truss structures. Engineering Application of Artificial Intelligence, 117 (B). 105593. ISSN 0952-1976

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.engappai.2022.105593


The paper proposes a novel adaptive search space decomposition method and a novel gradient-free optimization-based formulation for the pre- and post-buckling analyses of space truss structures. Space trusses are often employed in structural engineering to build large steel constructions, such as bridges and domes, whose structural response is characterized by large displacements. Therefore, these structures are vulnerable to progressive collapses due to local or global buckling effects, leading to sudden failures. The method proposed in this paper allows the analysis of the load-equilibrium path of truss structures to permanent and variable loading, including stable and unstable equilibrium stages and explicitly considering geometric nonlinearities. The goal of this work is to determine these equilibrium stages via optimization of the Lagrangian kinematic parameters of the system, determining the global equilibrium. However, this optimization problem is non-trivial due to the undefined parameter domain and the sensitivity and interaction among the Lagrangian parameters. Therefore, we propose formulating this problem as a nonlinear, multimodal, unconstrained, continuous optimization problem and develop a novel adaptive search space decomposition method, which progressively and adaptively re-defines the search domain (hypersphere) to evaluate the equilibrium of the system using a gradient-free optimization algorithm. We tackle three benchmark problems and evaluate a medium-sized test representing a real structural problem in this paper. The results are compared to those available in the literature regarding displacement-load curves and deformed configurations. The accuracy and robustness of the adopted methodology show a high potential of gradient-free algorithms in analyzing space truss structures.

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Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
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