The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 69 (1991) > Issues > Issue 24 > Structural Optimisation with the Genetic Algorithm
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Structural Optimisation with the Genetic Algorithm

The genetic algorithm is a comparatively recent addition to methods of optimisation suitable for use in structural design. Its simplicity of approach and directness in discrete variable combinatorics makes it attractive in comparison with more mathematically complex methods. Stochastic processes are used to generate an initial population of individual designs, and the process then applies principles of natural selection/survival of the fittest to find improved designs. Professor W.M. Jenkins