206.341 Structural Optimization
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to apply fundamental concepts of mathematical optimization to structural mechanics and name the limits of structural optimization. They have the ability to choose appropriate optimization methods and analysis tools.

Subject of course

Introduction, Review of mathematical optimization methods, Formulation of objective functions in structural mechanics, Formulation of constraint functions, penalty methods applied to structural problems, Evolutionary strategies and genetic algorithms, Response surface methods, adaptive strategies, Shape optimization, Stochastic aspects, robust optimization, parameter identification, mathematical surrogate models.

Teaching methods

Explanation of technical contents, calculation of exercise examples, individual work on projects.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Tuesday 10:15 - 11:45. First session is on Tue, 13 April 2021. A Zoom link will be sent to all who have registered.



Examination modalities

Oral exam: Solution of a project problem is required for admission to the exam.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.03.2021 12:00 31.03.2021 12:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science


Lecture notes for this course can be downloaded during the semester.

J. Nocedal and S. J. Wright, Numerical Optimization, Springer, 2006.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of mathematics and structural mechanics.