Performance-based shape optimization of continuum structures

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Liang, Qing ORCID: 0000-0003-0333-2265 (2010) Performance-based shape optimization of continuum structures. In: 9th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 4th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics : 19-23 July, 2010, Sydney, Australia. IOP conference series : materials science and engineering (10). Institute of Physics, Bristol, U.K..


This paper presents a performance-based optimization (PBO) method for optimal shape design of continuum structures with stiffness constraints. Performance-based design concepts are incorporated in the shape optimization theory to achieve optimal designs. In the PBO method, the traditional shape optimization problem of minimizing the weight of a continuum structure with displacement or mean compliance constraints is transformed to the problem of maximizing the performance of the structure. The optimal shape of a continuum structure is obtained by gradually eliminating inefficient finite elements from the structure until its performance is maximized. Performance indices are employed to monitor the performance of optimized shapes in an optimization process. Performance-based optimality criteria are incorporated in the PBO method to identify the optimum from the optimization process. The PBO method is used to produce optimal shapes of plane stress continuum structures and plates in bending. Benchmark numerical results are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the PBO method for generating the maximum stiffness shape design of continuum structures. It is shown that the PBO method developed overcomes the limitations of traditional shape optimization methods in optimal design of continuum structures. Performance-based optimality criteria presented can be incorporated in any shape and topology optimization methods to obtain optimal designs of continuum structures.

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Item type Book Section
DOI 10.1088/1757-899X/10/1/011001
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0912 Materials Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 8702 Construction Design
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID19673, optimisation, condensed matter, structural, mechanical, thermal
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