Optimum design of plano-milling machine structure using finite element analysis

G. V. Ramana, S. S. Rao

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The problem of optimum design of plano-milling machine structure is formulated as a nonlinear mathematical programming problem with the objective of minimizing the structural weight. The plano-milling machine structure is idealized with triangular plate elements and three dimensional frame elements based on finite element displacement method. Constraints are placed on static deflections and principal stresses in the problem formulation. The optimization problem is solved by using an interior penalty function method in which the Davidon-Fletcher-Powell variable metric unconstrained minimization technique and cubic interpolation method of one dimensional search are employed. A numerical example is presented for demonstrating the effectiveness of the procedure outlined. The results of sensitivity analysis conducted with respect to design variables and fixed parameters about the optimum point are also reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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