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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 40
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper VII.2

Topology Optimization for Discrete, Symmetric and Stable Material Layout Designs

C.C. Swan and I. Kosaka

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, United States of America

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C.C. Swan, I. Kosaka, "Topology Optimization for Discrete, Symmetric and Stable Material Layout Designs", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Advances in Optimization for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 167-176, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.40.7.2
Desired results of continuous, variable topology material Layout computations are stable, discrete and optimal material phase distributions throughout the design domain. Such material layout designs are achieved using a topology optimization framework based on hybrid families of classical Reuss (compliant) and viogt (stiff) mixing rules, presented herein complete with design sensitivity analysis. The continuous topology formulation is coupled with a novel volume-averaging procedure to eliminate checkerboarding instabilities and a robust method for imposing geometrical symmetry on a layout designs which significantly reduces the size of the optimization problem. The performance of the proposed techniques are demonstrated on compliance minimization and eigenvalues tailoring problems.

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