Optimal topology selection of continuum structures with displacement constraints

Liang, Qing Quan and Xie, Yi Min and Steven, Grant P. (2000) Optimal topology selection of continuum structures with displacement constraints. Computers and Structures, 77 (6). pp. 635-644. ISSN 0045-7949


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This paper deals with the optimal topology selection of continuum structures subject to displacement constraints by using the performance-based design concept. The optimal topology of a continuum structure is generated by gradually eliminating underutilized elements from the discretized design domain. A performance index is developed for monitoring the optimization process and is used as a termination criterion in the optimization algorithm so that the global optimum can be selected from the optimization history. Maximizing the performance index in the design space is proposed as the performance-based optimization criterion. The performance index can be utilized to compare the efficiency of structural topologies produced by different continuum topology optimization methods. Several examples are provided to demonstrate the capabilities of the performance-based optimization approach in selecting the best configuration for the minimum-weight design of continuum structures with maximum stiffness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: Finite element analysis, performance based optimization, performance evaluation, stiffness, selection, topology
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/S0045-7949(00)00018-3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2950

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