The purpose of GENOPT (GENeral OPtimization) is to enable an engineer to create a user-friendly system of programs for analyzing and/or optimizing anything. The application of GENOPT is not limited to the field of structural mechanics. GENOPT is designed to handle problems with small data bases, nonlarge finite element models, although it might well be used to provide a user-friendly “shell” within which any analysis could be done. GENOPT is ideal for generating programs for optimizing objects the behavior (stress, buckling, vibration, etc.) of which can be expressed by relatively simple tables or formulas such as those that appear in handbooks, or for optimizing objects the behavior of which has been previously encoded in existing subroutines. The optimizer used in GENOPT, created by Vanderplaats, is called ADS. Two examples are presented, one relatively simple, the other more complex.

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  1. Bushnell, David: GENOPT - A program that writes user-friendly optimization code (1990)