Structural Behavior Analysis and Optimization, Integrating MATLAB with Autodesk Robot

Giulia Cerè, Wanqing Zhao, Yacine Rezgui

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The concepts of structural behavior analysis and optimization have started to be combined in the latest decades with an increasing trend also due to the need of often meeting performance targets, high structural complexity and costs. Nonetheless, existing approaches tackled this issue mainly in the domain of static calculations or referring to a specific type of optimization (e.g., size, topology or geometry). A new methodology is proposed to systematically perform different types of analysis (e.g., linear and nonlinear), by exploiting the Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis API through MATLAB. This approach involves the adoption of ActiveX technologies for the manipulation of COM (Component Object Model) objects in the MATLAB environment. A real-world example of linear dynamic modal analysis is also presented and a synthetic diagnostic of the structure is conducted based on the displacements resulting from the calculation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th CIB W78 2018 Conference: IT in Design, Construction, and Management
EditorsIvan Mutis, Timo Hartmann
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00220-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00219-0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2018

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