RESEARCH PAPERS: Other Technical Papers

A Comparison of Numerical Optimization Methods for Engineering Design

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E. D. Eason

Mechanical Engineering Dept., University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

R. G. Fenton

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

J. Eng. Ind 96(1), 196-200 (Feb 01, 1974) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438296 History: Received June 06, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


Seventeen numerical optimization methods are compared by plotting their convergence characteristics when applied to design problems and test functions. Several ranking schemes are used to determine the most general, efficient, inexpensive, and convenient methods. Conclusions are presented in the form of a selection guide intended for general use.

Copyright © 1974 by ASME
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