Introduction to Optimum Design

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Introduction to Optimum Design, Third Edition describes an organized approach to engineering design optimization in a rigorous yet simplified manner. It illustrates various concepts and procedures with simple examples and demonstrates their applicability to engineering design problems. Formulation of a design problem as an optimization problem is emphasized and illustrated throughout the text. Excel and MATLAB® are featured as learning and teaching aids.
  • Basic concepts of optimality conditions and numerical methods are described with simple and practical examples, making the material highly teachable and learnable
  • Includes applications of optimization methods for structural, mechanical, aerospace, and industrial engineering problems
  • Introduction to MATLAB Optimization Toolbox
  • Practical design examples introduce students to the use of optimization methods early in the book
  • New example problems throughout the text are enhanced with detailed illustrations
  • Optimum design with Excel Solver has been expanded into a full chapter
  • New chapter on several advanced optimum design topics serves the needs of instructors who teach more advanced courses
  • Elsevier Science; August 2011
  • ISBN 9780123813763
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Introduction to Optimum Design
  • Author: Jasbir Singh Arora
  • Imprint: Academic Press

In The Press

"The book is definitely a reference that practitioners would like to have and depend upon, especially with the plethora of examples and applications...the book is a solid introduction to optimization algorithms." - Georges Fadel, Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanical Design

"Arora’s Introduction to Optimum Design, 2nd Ed., furthers its goal of describing engineering design optimization in a rigorous yet simplified manner which is both highly accessible to and useful for a wide audience." - David F. Thompson, Graduate Program Director, University of Cincinnati

"I have used several optimization books over the past 10 years to support my various graduate optimization courses. Of all the books that I have used, I prefer Dr. Arora’s Introduction to Optimum Design, 2nd Ed" - Tom R. Mincer, California State University


"...this book is well written and covers just about every topic that one needs to know about the optimum design process. It includes a good balance of theory and application. The book will therefore be appealing to all users." - Practice Periodical On Structural Design and Construction - ASCE, Nov. 2005