Weight optimization of composite cellular beam based on the differential evolution algorithm
In this study, the differential evolution algorithm is used for solving the optimum design problem of composite cellular beams. The design variables are hot rolled profile from which the cellular beam will be produced as well as opening size and its spacing. The objective function is the minimum weight of cellular beam while the design constraints include satisfying the ultimate limit states, the serviceability limit states and the geometric limitations. The design method adopted in this study is based on EN 1994-1-1. Furthermore, a parametric study is conducted to evaluate the influence of beams spacing to the weight of floor beam system. As a result, an optimal spacing of composite cellular beams is proposed.
Keywords: composite beam; cellular beam; web opening; steel beam optimization; differential evolution.