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Engineering Optimization: Methods and Applications, 2nd Edition

Engineering Optimization: Methods and Applications, 2nd Edition

A. Ravindran, Ken M. Ragsdell, Gintaras V. Reklaitis

ISBN: 978-0-471-55814-9

May 2006

688 pages

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The classic introduction to engineering optimization theory and practice--now expanded and updated

Engineering optimization helps engineers zero in on the most effective, efficient solutions to problems. This text provides a practical, real-world understanding of engineering optimization. Rather than belaboring underlying proofs and mathematical derivations, it emphasizes optimization methodology, focusing on techniques and stratagems relevant to engineering applications in design, operations, and analysis. It surveys diverse optimization methods, ranging from those applicable to the minimization of a single-variable function to those most suitable for large-scale, nonlinear constrained problems. New material covered includes the duality theory, interior point methods for solving LP problems, the generalized Lagrange multiplier method and generalization of convex functions, and goal programming for solving multi-objective optimization problems. A practical, hands-on reference and text, Engineering Optimization, Second Edition covers:
* Practical issues, such as model formulation, implementation, starting point generation, and more
* Current, state-of-the-art optimization software
* Three engineering case studies plus numerous examples from chemical, industrial, and mechanical engineering
* Both classical methods and new techniques, such as successive quadratic programming, interior point methods, and goal programming

Excellent for self-study and as a reference for engineering professionals, this Second Edition is also ideal for senior and graduate courses on engineering optimization, including television and online instruction, as well as for in-plant training.

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1 Introduction to Optimization.

1.1 Requirements for the Application of Optimization Methods.

1.2 Applications of Optimization in Engineering.

1.3 Structure of Optimization Problems.

1.4 Scope of This Book.


2 Functions of a Single Variable.

2.1 Properties of Single-Variable Functions.

2.2 Optimality Criteria.

2.3 Region Elimination Methods.

2.4 Polynomial Approximation or Point Estimation Methods.

2.5 Methods Requiring Derivatives.

2.6 Comparison of Methods.

2.7 Summary.



3 Functions of Several Variables.

3.1 Optimality Criteria.

3.2 Direct-Search Methods.

3.3 Gradient-Based Methods.

3.4 Comparison of Methods and Numerical Results.

3.5 Summary.



4 Linear Programming.

4.1 Formulation of Linear Programming Models.

4.2 Graphical Solution of Linear Programs in Two Variables.

4.3 Linear Program in Standard Form.

4.5 Computer Solution of Linear Programs.

4.5.1 Computer Codes.

4.6 Sensitivity Analysis in Linear Programming.

4.7 Applications.

4.8 Additional Topics in Linear Programming.

4.9 Summary.



5 Constrained Optimality Criteria.

5.1 Equality-Constrained Problems.

5.2 Lagrange Multipliers.

5.3 Economic Interpretation of Lagrange Multipliers.

5.4 Kuhn–Tucker Conditions.

5.5 Kuhn–Tucker Theorems.

5.6 Saddlepoint Conditions.

5.7 Second-Order Optimality Conditions.

5.8 Generalized Lagrange Multiplier Method.

5.9 Generalization of Convex Functions.

5.10 Summary.



6 Transformation Methods.

6.1 Penalty Concept.

6.2 Algorithms, Codes, and Other Contributions.

6.3 Method of Multipliers.

6.4 Summary.



7 Constrained Direct Search.

7.1 Problem Preparation.

7.2 Adaptations of Unconstrained Search Methods.

7.3 Random-Search Methods.

7.4 Summary.



8 Linearization Methods for Constrained Problems.

8.1 Direct Use of Successive Linear Programs.

8.2 Separable Programming.

8.3 Summary.



9 Direction Generation Methods Based on Linearization.

9.1 Method of Feasible Directions.

9.2 Simplex Extensions for Linearly Constrained Problems.

9.3 Generalized Reduced Gradient Method.

9.4 Design Application.

9.5 Summary.



10 Quadratic Approximation Methods for Constrained Problems.

10.1 Direct Quadratic Approximation.

10.2 Quadratic Approximation of the Lagrangian Function.

10.3 Variable Metric Methods for Constrained Optimization.

10.4 Discussion.

10.5 Summary.



11 Structured Problems and Algorithms.

11.1 Integer Programming.

11.2 Quadratic Programming.

11.3 Complementary Pivot Problems.

11.4 Goal Programming.

11.5 Summary.



12 Comparison of Constrained Optimization Methods.

12.1 Software Availability.

12.2 A Comparison Philosophy.

12.3 Brief History of Classical Comparative Experiments.

12.4 Summary.


13 Strategies for Optimization Studies.

13.1 Model Formulation.

13.2 Problem Implementation.

13.3 Solution Evaluation.

13.4 Summary.



14 Engineering Case Studies.

14.1 Optimal Location of Coal-Blending Plants by Mixed-Integer


14.2 Optimization of an Ethylene Glycol–Ethylene Oxide Process.

14.3 Optimal Design of a Compressed Air Energy Storage System.

14.4 Summary.


Appendix A Review of Linear Algebra.

A.1 Set Theory.

A.2 Vectors.

A.3 Matrices.

A.3.1 Matrix Operations.

A.3.2 Determinant of a Square Matrix.

A.3.3 Inverse of a Matrix.

A.3.4 Condition of a Matrix.

A.3.5 Sparse Matrix.

A.4 Quadratic Forms.

A.4.1 Principal Minor.

A.4.2 Completing the Square.

A.5 Convex Sets.

Appendix B Convex and Concave Functions.

Appendix C Gauss–Jordan Elimination Scheme.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

  • More application of optimization problems in Chapter 1
  • Discussion of duality theory and interior point methods for solving LP problems added to Chapter 4
  • New sections on the generalized Lagrange multipier method and generalization of convex functions in Chapter 5
  • A new section on goal programming for solving multiobjective optimization problems in Chapter 11
  • The inclusion of software availability for solving nonlinear programs in Chapter 12
  • Surveys all important optimization methods.
  • Covers both classical methods and new techniques that employ fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence.
  • Very practical in presentation - proofs of derivations are used only if they serve to explain key steps or properties