While topology optimization is typically employed for design at the component-level scale, it is increasingly being used to design the topology of high performance cellular materials. The design problem is posed as an optimization problem with governing unit cell and upscaling mechanics embedded in the formulation, and solved with formal mathematical programming. While design for linear elastic properties is generally well-established, this paper will discuss including nonlinear mechanics in the topology optimization formulation, also in the domain of cellular materials. In particular, the problem of maximizing total energy absorption of a cellular Bulk Metallic Glass material is considered and numerical and experimental analyses of the new design show that it has enhanced performance compared to conventional cellular topologies.
- Design Engineering Division
- Computers and Information in Engineering Division
Topology Optimization of Cellular Materials With Maximized Energy Absorption
Carstensen, JV, Lotfi, R, Guest, JK, Chen, W, & Schroers, J. "Topology Optimization of Cellular Materials With Maximized Energy Absorption." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 2B: 41st Design Automation Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. August 2–5, 2015. V02BT03A014. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2015-47757
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