BKA505 Computer Aided Design in Structural Optimization

Code BKA505
Name Computer Aided Design in Structural Optimization
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Civil Engineering
Faculty
Academic staff Kaspars Kalniņš, Olģerts Ozoliņš, Gints Jēkabsons
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Selection of the materials. Principles of the structural optimization.Criteria - minimum weight, minimum costs. Methods of optimization. Methods of non-linear programming. Methods of design of experiments. Evaluation of the optimum structure. CAD programs for optimal design of the structures..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To give training and to accumulate the knowledge in design practice of civil engineering applications by employing commercial software package ANSYS and meta modelling software packages developed at RTU - EDAOpt and Varireg. To understand and learn full cycle procedure of optimal design of structures.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Ability to define optimization problem for civil engineering applications - Form of assignment: Laboratory practice. Criterion: Student without assistance is capable to define optimization problem: parameter selection, domain determination, objective function formulation, constrain selection.
Ability to perform full optimization cycle by employing different automated design software packages - Form of assignment: Laboratory practice. Criterion: Ability to perform full optimization cycle by employing different automated design software packages.
Ability to carry out experiment design and statistical analysis - Form of assignment: Laboratory practice. Criterion: Ability to evaluate obtained results by using statistical methods.
Ability to develop optimal design guidelines - Form of assignment: Assessment work Assessment Criterion: Ability to develop optimal design guidelines.
Course prerequisites Software packages ANSYS, EDAOpt, VariReg and MS Office.

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