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Title:New approach to variable-topology shape design using constraint on perimeter
Author(s):Haber, Robert B.; Jog, Chandrashekhar S.; Bendsoe, Martin P.
Subject(s):Variable-topology Shape Design
Perimeter Method
Abstract:This paper introduces a method for variable-topology shape optimization of elastic structures called the perimeter method. An upper-bound constraint on the perimeter of the solid part of the structure ensures a well-posed design problem. The perimeter constraint allows the designer to control the number of holes in the optimal design and to establish their characteristic length scale. Finite element implementations generate practical designs that are convergent with respect to grid refinement. Thus, an arbitrary level of geometric resolution can be achieved, so single-step procedures for topology design and detailed shape design are possible. The perimeter method eliminates the need for relaxation, thereby circumventing many of the complexities and restrictions of other approaches to topology design.
Issue Date:1996-02
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 815
1996-6002
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112514
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:National Science Foundation 96/02; Danish Research Academy 96/02
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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