Document Type : Article
Centre of Excellence for Fundamental Studies in Structural Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran, P.O. Box 16846-13114, Iran
In this paper, an efficient technique is proposed by displacement method of analysis and three metaheuristic algorithms consisting of the Colliding Bodies Optimization (CBO), Enhanced Colliding Bodies Optimization (ECBO) and Vibrating Particles System (VPS), for the simultaneous analysis and optimal design of truss structures. The presented method is applied to the minimum weight design of some planar and spatial truss structures. For examining the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed method, the problems are also designed by the same metaheuristic algorithms utilizing pure force method and pure displacement method as analysis tools (non-simultaneous) and the resulting structural weights are compared.