Optimal design of cold-formed steel portal frames for stressed-skin action using genetic algorithm

Duoc T. Phan, James B P Lim, Tiku T. Tanyimboh, A. M. Wrzesien, Wei Sha*, R. M. Lawson

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Abstract

This paper describes a stressed-skin diaphragm approach to the optimal design of the internal frame of a cold-formed steel portal framing system, in conjunction with the effect of semi-rigid joints. Both ultimate and serviceability limit states are considered. Wind load combinations are included. The designs are optimized using a real-coded niching genetic algorithm, in which both discrete and continuous decision variables are processed. For a building with two internal frames, it is shown that the material cost of the internal frame can be reduced by as much as 53%, compared with a design that ignores stressed-skin action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-49
Number of pages14
JournalEngineering Structures
Volume93
Early online date24 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Building topology
  • Cold-formed steel
  • Constrained evolutionary optimization
  • Portal frames
  • Real-coded genetic algorithm
  • Stressed-skin action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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