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The genetic algorithm (GA), an optimization technique based on the theory of natural selection, is applied to structural topology design problems. After reviewing the GA and previous research in structural topology optimization, we describe a binary material/void design representation that is encoded in GA chromosome data structures. This representation is(More)
Successful manufacturing system designs must be capable of satisfying the strategic objectives of a company. There exist numerous tools to design manufacturing systems. Most frameworks, however, do not separate objectives from means. As a result, it is difficult to understand the interactions among different design objectives and solutions and to(More)
Simulation is used to verify the feasibility of the design of manufacturing cells. The cell design, which combines new and existing machines in a component manufacture, is presented, showing the difficulties that can result with such a system. Simply changing the layout (arranging machines into cells) could provide some benefits, but these benefits were(More)
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