Hybrid CPN-neural dynamics model for discrete optimization of steel structures

Hojjat Adeli, Hyo Seon Park

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In practical design of steel structures, the designer usually must choose from a limited number of commercially available shapes such as the widely used wide flange shapes. In this article, we present a hybrid counterpropagation-neural dynamics model and a new neural network topology for discrete optimization of large structures subjected to the AISCASD specifications. The constrained structural optimization problem is formulated in terms of a neural dynamics model with constraint and variable layers. The counterpropagation part of the model consists of the competition and interpolation layers. The CPN network is trained to learn the relationship between the cross-sectional area and the radius of gyration of the available sections. The robustness of the hybrid computational model is demonstrated by application to three examples representing the exterior envelope of high-rise and super-high-rise steel building structures, including a 147-story structure with 8904 members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-366
Number of pages12
JournalComputer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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