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Optimization and Multi-Hazard Design



Emil Simiu, Florian A. Potra


There is a growing interest in the development of procedures for the design of structures exposed to multiple hazards. The goal is to achieve safer and/or more economical designs than would be the case if the structures were analyzed independently for each hazard and an envelope of the demands induced by each of the hazards were used for member sizing. We describe an optimization approach to multi-hazard design that achieves the greatest possible economy while satisfying specified safety-related and other constraints. We then present an application to illustrate our approach.
Journal of Engineering Mechanics-Asce


building technology, earthquake engineering, multi-hazard engineering, solar energy, structural engineering, wind engineering


Simiu, E. and Potra, F. (2009), Optimization and Multi-Hazard Design, Journal of Engineering Mechanics-Asce, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created July 6, 2009, Updated November 10, 2018