Optimal design of steel–concrete composite bridge based on a transfer function discrete swarm intelligence algorithm

David Martínez-Muñoz, Jose García, Jose V. Martí, Víctor Yepes

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Bridge optimization can be complex because of the large number of variables involved in the problem. In this paper, two box-girder steel–concrete composite bridge single objective optimizations have been carried out considering cost and CO2 emissions as objective functions. Taking CO2 emissions as an objective function allows to add sustainable criteria to compare the results with cost. SAMO2, SCA, and Jaya metaheuristics have been applied to reach this goal. Transfer functions have been implemented to fit SCA and Jaya to the discontinuous nature of the bridge optimization problem. Furthermore, a Design of Experiments has been carried out to tune the algorithm to set its parameters. Consequently, it has been observed that SCA shows similar values for objective cost function as SAMO2 but improves computational time by 18% while also getting lower values for the objective function result deviation. From a cost and CO2 optimization analysis, it has been observed that a reduction of 2.51 kg CO2 is obtained by each euro reduced using metaheuristic techniques. Moreover, for both optimization objectives, it is observed that adding cells to bridge cross-sections improves not only the section behavior but also the optimization results. Finally, it is observed that the proposed design of double composite action in the supports allows to remove continuous longitudinal stiffeners in the bottom flange in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number312
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Bridges
  • Metaheuristics
  • Optimization
  • Steel–concrete composite structures
  • Sustainability
  • Swarm intelligence


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