WIT Press

Structural Optimization Methods

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OP970361

Volume

31

Pages

12

Published

1997

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1,369 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

M. Canonaco, U. Loher, V. Esslinger & B. Weisse

Abstract

Structural optimization methods M. Canonaco, U. Loher, V. Esslinger & B. Weisse Department of Service Loading and Lightweight Structures, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, 8600 Dubendorf, Switzerland EMail: michele.canonaco@empa.ch ABSTRACT This paper presents an overview of the basic techniques employed to perform shape and topology structural optimization. Sizing optimization and material selection are also briefly commented. The prominent methods employed to generate optimal topological designs are homogenization, bubble insertion, nature analogy and ground structure. Similarly, the main algorithms used to perform shape optimization fall in one of the following categories: boundary variation, nature analogy and hybrid, such as, a machine learning system interfaced to the shape optimization environment. The practical use of such methods in the design of structures is discussed. Special consideration will be given to the nature analogy software algori

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