The authors are from 23 different countries, ensuring that the themes covered are of worldwide interest and importance. The International Institute of Welding (IIW), the International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), the TÁMOP 4.2.1.B-10/2/KONV-2010-0001 project entitled “Increasing the quality of higher education through the development of research - development and innovation program at the University of Miskolc supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund” and many other sponsors helped organizers to collect these valuable studies, the results of which will provoke discussion, and provide an important reference for civil and mechanical engineers, architects, researchers and structural designers and fabricators, as well as managers in a range of industries including building, transport, shipbuilding, aircraft, chemical and offshore engineering.
Chapter 1 containts some experiences with the optimum design of steel structures
Chapter 2 treats some newer mathematical optimization methods.
Chapter 3 gives formulae for fabrication times and costs.
Chapters 4 deals with beams and columns. Summarizes the Eurocode rules for design.
Chapter 5 deals with the design of tubular trusses.
Chapter 6 gives the design of frame structures and fire-resistant design rules for a frame.
In Chapters 7 some minimum cost design problems of stiffened and cellular plates and shells are worked out for cases of different stiffenings and loads.
Chapter 8 gives a cost comparison of cylindrical and conical shells.
The book contains a large collection of literatures and a subject list and a name index.