Harmony Search Algorithms for Structural Design Optimization

  • Zong Woo Geem

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 239)

About this book


Various structures, such as buildings, bridges, stadiums, paved roads, and offshore structures, play an important role in our lives. However, constructing these structures requires lots of budget. Thus, how to cost-efficiently design them while satisfying all the design constraints is an important factor to structural engineers. Traditionally, mathematical gradient-based optimization techniques have been applied to the design. However, these gradient-based methods are not suitable for discrete-type design variables such as ready-made cross sectional area of structural members. Recently, researchers have turned their interest into metaheuristic optimization techniques because they are able to efficiently handle discrete design variables. Harmony search, as a metaheuristic algorithm concepted from music improvisation, has been vigorously applied to various structural design problems, obtaining good results. Thus, this book gathers all the latest developments of harmony search algorithm in structural design field in order for readers to efficiently understand a full spectrum of the algorithm’s potential in structural design and to easily apply the algorithm to their own structural problems.


Computational Intelligence Frames Harmony Search Haromony Search Algorithm Meta-Heuristics Soft Computing Structural Engineering algorithms metaheuristic optimization

Editors and affiliations

  • Zong Woo Geem
    • 1
  1. 1.Westat, Inc. MarylandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-03449-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-03450-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-949X
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-9503
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