Modeling of a biological material nacre: Multi-objective optimization model

N. S. Al-Maskari*, D. A. McAdams, J. N. Reddy

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Nacre is an inner layer of seashells that has a remarkable combination of stiffness, strength, and toughness. Engineers are inspired to mimic it to create engineering composites with properties not available in current materials. Toward designing and realizing a bioinspired nacre, a search for some best combination of tablets material, matrix material, and system geometry is needed to obtain optimal mechanical properties. In this work, a multiobjective optimization model is developed based on a genetic algorithm optimization method. The multi-objective optimization problem solved results in a set of optimal solutions that the designers can select according to their preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-439
Number of pages10
JournalMechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Multi-objective optimization; nacre optimization; nacre-like material; bio-inspired nacre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • General Mathematics
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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