For standard and large-scale optimization issues, Scilab provides algorithms to solve constrained and unconstrained continuous and discrete problems.

McCormick function example - Contour plot - Gradient field



Application example: shape and topology optimization

What is shape optimization ? In the context of solid mechanics it is also called structural optimization. It is the mathematical theory which makes possible the ”automatic” optimization of shapes of mechanical structures. By “automatic” it is meant that these methods and algorithms can be implemented on a computer which can analyse and improve the designs of numerous successive configurations without any help from the engineer or designer.Long cantilever long-cantilever.sce

Source: A 2-d Scilab Code for shape and topology optimization by the level set method Grégoire Allaire, CMAP, Ecole Polytechnique, October 2009 (new release of January 25, 2012)