Survey of Sequential Convex Programming and Generalized Gauss-Newton Methods

We provide an overview of a class of iterative convex approximation methods for nonlinear optimization problems with convex-over-nonlinear substructure. These problems are characterized by outer convexities on the one hand, and nonlinear, generally nonconvex, but differentiable functions on the other hand. All methods from this class use only first order derivatives of the nonlinear functions … Read more

A Sequential Convex Semidefinite Programming Algorithm for Multiple-Load Free Material Optimization

A new method for the efficient solution of free material optimization problems is introduced. The method extends the sequential convex programming (SCP) concept to a class of optimization problems with matrix variables. The basic idea of the new method is to approximate the original optimization problem by a sequence of subproblems, in which nonlinear functions … Read more