Finite Element approximation of an evolutionary Topology Optimization problem

Code:
14/2017
Title:
Finite Element approximation of an evolutionary Topology Optimization problem
Date:
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Author(s):
Bruggi, M.; Parolini, N.; Regazzoni, F.; Verani, M.
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Abstract:
We present a topology optimization based procedure aiming at the optimal placement (and design) of the supports in problems characterized by a time dependent construction process. More precisely, we focus on the solution of a time-dependent minimal compliance problem based on the classical Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) method. In particular, a continuous optimization problem with the state equation defined as the time-integral of a linear elasticity problem on a space-time domain is firstly introduced and the mean compliance over a time interval objective functional is then selected as objective function. The optimality conditions are derived and a fixed-point algorithm is introduced for the iterative computation of the optimal solution. Numerical examples showing the differences between a standard SIMP method, which only optimizes the shape at the final time, and the proposed time-dependent approach are presented and discussed.
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