Topology optimization of frame structures: joint penalty and material selection
2005 (English)In: Structural and multidisciplinary optimization (Print), ISSN 1615-147X, E-ISSN 1615-1488, Vol. 30, no 3, 193-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper deals with joint penalization and material selection in frame topology optimization. The models used in this study are frame structures with flexible joints. The problem considered is to find the frame design which fulfills a stiffness requirement at the lowest structural weight. To support topological change of joints, each joint is modelled as a set of subelements. A set of design variables are applied to each beam and joint subelement. Two kinds of design variables are used. One of these variables is an area-type design variable used to control the global element size and support a topology change. The other variables are length ratio variables controlling the cross section of beams and internal stiffness properties of the joints. This paper presents two extensions to classical frame topology optimization. Firstly, penalization of structural joints is presented. This introduces the possibility of finding a topology with less complexity in terms of the number of beam connections. Secondly, a material interpolation scheme is introduced to support mixed material design.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2005. Vol. 30, no 3, 193-200 p.
topology optimization; frame structure; joint penalty; material selection
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87821DOI: 10.1007/s00158-005-0515-3ISI: 000234195100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87821DiVA: diva2:600140