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Publication Detail
Space Frame Optimisation with Spectral Clustering
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Zhuang X, Hanna S
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  • Pagination:
    507, 512
  • Journal:
    International Journal of Machine Learning and Computing
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  • Editors:
    Huang L,Chen CL
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  • Keywords:
    Computational efficiency, genetic algorithm, space frame structure, spectral clustering, structural optimization
This paper borrows the concept of spectral clustering in the computer vision field, proposes an alternative approach to optimise space frame structure. Spectral clustering was implemented to segment the whole structure into two subclusters. Then genetic algorithm was used to optimise member sizes of each subcluster separately. It is hypothesized that optimizing the structural stability for subassemblies will largely reduce the search space, which allows greater computational efficiency. The program has been developed in MATLAB and tested on differently shaped space frame structure under varied loading conditions. Results show that for a heterogeneous structure with high a level of complexity, the implementation of spectral clustering can separate the enormous search space of GA down to smaller search space, leading to faster convergence with increased the computational efficiency, while providing an equivalent or better optimisation solution.
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