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Edited by: M. Papadrakakis, B.H.V. Topping
Chapter 11

Some Studies on Integrating Topology and Shape Optimization

J. Sienz+, E. Hinton+, G. Bugeda* and S. Bulman+

+Department of Civil Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea, United Kingdom
*International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Full Bibliographic Reference for this chapter
J. Sienz, E. Hinton, G. Bugeda, S. Bulman, "Some Studies on Integrating Topology and Shape Optimization", in M. Papadrakakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Innovative Computational Methods for Structural Mechanics", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 11, pp 223-256, 1999. doi:10.4203/csets.1.11
This paper describes a joint research project carried out at the University of Wales Swansea in the ADOPT Research group and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in CINME. The philosophy of the approach followed in this project ar.d the basic computational tools are introduced including topology optimization using the evolutionary and homogenization methods, post-processing of the topology images by automatic and manual shape fitting techniques and shape optimization using gradient based methods with adaptive finite element (FE) methods. An example using a two dimensional plane stress finite element model is given to illustrate the fully integrated design optimization process.

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