
Author(s) 
Hörnlein, H.R.E.M. (ed.) Schittkowski, K. (ed.) 

Title  Software Systems for Structural Optimization 
Publisher  Birkhäuser Verlag 
Year of publication  1993 
Reviewed by  Ilie Parpucea 
The basic intention of this book is to collect information on some wellknown structural design optimization systems using an FEM analysis. The finite element method (FEM) has been used successfully for many years to simulate and analyse mechanical structural problems. In recent years more and more finite element based analysis systems were extended and offer now optimization models. To give the participants, to COMETTSeminars on Computer Aided Optimal Design, an impression on the performance of optimization software, part of each seminar was organized in form of a workshop, where developers of commercial and academic software presented their systems in form of lectures and computer demonstrations. An introduction into the basic mathematical model, the structural optimization problem, is presented in the first chapter. Also the importance of model formulation is motivated and outlined. In the second chapter the authors present also a very brief introduction into the mathematical optimization theory.
The papers, of book, are organised in the following way:
 General outline and scope of the system
 Optimization model
 FEM techniques
 Sensitivity analysis
 Software organization
 Applications and examples.
The book is directed to engineers, mathematicians and scientific staff members who want to become familiar with modern procedures of structural optimization. The collected papers are mainly addressed to mechanical and civil engineering, but the underlying concepts of mathematical programming are useful in other disciplines as well. Basic knowledge of discretization methods (FEM) and matrix algebra is desirable.
The book also may be of interest for insiders and decision makers who want to be informed about new trends and the latest developments of software for their own needs.