WIT Press


Minimum Weight Shape Design For The Natural Vibration Problem Of Plate And Shell Structures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OP050151

Volume

80

Pages

10

Published

2005

Size

1,839 kb

Author(s)

M. Shimoda, J. Tsuji & H. Azegami

Abstract

In this paper we present a solution to a shape optimization problem involving plate and shell structures subject to natural vibration. The volume is chosen as the response to be minimized under a specified eigenvalue constraint with mode tracking. The designed boundaries are assumed to be movable in the in-plane direction so as to maintain the initial curvatures. The surfaces are discretized by plane elements based on the Mindlin-Reissner plate theory. A non-parametric or a distributed shape optimization problem is formulated and the shape gradient function is theoretically derived using the material derivative method and the Lagrange multiplier method. The traction method, a shape optimization method developed by the authors, is applied to obtain the optimal shape in this problem. The validity of the numerical solution for minimizing the weight of the plate and shell structures is verified through application to fundamental design problems and an actual automotive suspension component. Keywords: shell, shape optimization, traction method, structural optimization, optimal shape, non-parametric optimisation, natural vibration, eigenvalue. 1 Introduction Thin structures like shells and folded plates are used as the basic structural components of a wide range of industrial products such as automotive, ship, airplane, architecture and containers, etc. They cover broad areas, support large applied loads, have excellent formability and also contribute to cost and weight reductions. However, their light weight often causes noise and vibration

Keywords

shell, shape optimization, traction method, structural optimization, optimal shape, non-parametric optimisation, natural vibration, eigenvalue.