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This article discusses tools that are used for systematic optimization of engineering designs. It focuses on the practical application of optimization technology in a computer-aided engineering environment. The article presents numerical optimization algorithms and some background on how these algorithms make decisions when searching for the optimal design. It provides information on structural optimization, topology optimization, materials processing optimization, multidisciplinary optimization, and global optimization.

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Douglas E. Smith, Design Optimization, Materials Selection and Design, Vol 20, ASM Handbook, Edited By George E. Dieter, ASM International, 1997, p 209–218,

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