Significant research effort has been devoted to topology optimization (TO) of two- and three-dimensional structural elements subject to various design and loading criteria. While the field of TO has been tremendously successful over the years, literature focusing on the optimization of spatially varying elastic material properties in structures subject to multiple loading states is scarce. In this article, we contribute to the state of the art in material optimization by proposing a numerical regime for optimizing the distribution of the elastic modulus in structural elements subject to multiple loading conditions and design displacement criteria. Such displacement criteria (target displacement fields prescribed by the designer) may result from factors related to structural codes, occupant comfort, proximity of adjacent structures, etc. In this work, we utilize an inverse problem based framework for optimizing the elastic modulus distribution considering N target displacements and imposed forces. This approach is formulated in a straight-forward manner such that it may be applied in a broad suite of design problems with unique geometries, loading conditions, and displacement criteria. To test the approach, a suite of optimization problems are solved to demonstrate solutions considering N = 2 for different geometries and boundary conditions.
An Inverse Method for Optimizing Elastic Properties Considering Multiple Loading Conditions and Displacement Criteria
Contributed by the Design Automation Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received April 2, 2018; final manuscript received June 29, 2018; published online September 7, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Raymundo Arroyave.
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Smyl, D. (September 7, 2018). "An Inverse Method for Optimizing Elastic Properties Considering Multiple Loading Conditions and Displacement Criteria." ASME. J. Mech. Des. November 2018; 140(11): 111411. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4040788
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