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ACI Structural Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Acta Polytechnica : Journal of Advanced Engineering     Open Access  
Acta Structilia : Journal for the Physical and Development Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
Advances in Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Ambiente Construído     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Architectural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Archives of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Archives of Hydro-Engineering and Environmental Mechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ATBU Journal of Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering     Full-text available via subscription  
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BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Building and Construction : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Berkeley Planning Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Bioinspired Materials     Open Access  
Bridge Structures : Assessment, Design and Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Building and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Building Women     Full-text available via subscription  
Built Environment Project and Asset Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cement and Concrete Composites     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Change Over Time     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Civil and Environmental Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access  
Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Civil Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Civil Engineering Dimension     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cohesion and Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Composite Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 70)
Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Computers & Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Concrete Research Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Constructii : Journal of Civil Engineering Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Construction Management and Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Construction Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Constructive Approximation     Hybrid Journal  
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Enfoque UTE     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Engineering Project Organization Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Engineering Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Engineering Structures and Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Environmental Geotechnics     Open Access  
European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale : Fracture and Structural Integrity     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Geomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Geosystem Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Geotechnik     Hybrid Journal  
Géotechnique Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
HBRC Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
HVAC&R Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Indoor and Built Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Ingenio Magno     Open Access  
Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering     Open Access  
International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Protective Structures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Steel Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Structural Integrity     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
ISRN Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
ISRN Power Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Accessibility and Design for All     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Applied Fire Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Bridge Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Building Performance Simulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Science     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Civil Engineering Research     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Civil Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Composites     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Composites for Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Construction Engineering, Technology & Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Constructional Steel Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Fluids and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Frontiers in Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Green Building     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)

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Journal Cover Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
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     ISSN (Print) 1615-1488 - ISSN (Online) 1615-147X
     Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2210 journals]   [SJR: 1.273]   [H-I: 54]
  • On the reduced Hessian of the compliance
    • Abstract: Abstract We describe simple numerical tests, which could have been used for verifying the derivation of the second order sensitivity analysis in a recent educational article “An efficient 3D topology optimization code written in Matlab” by Liu and Tovar (Struct Multidiscip Optim, 2014. doi:10.1007/s00158-014-1107-x). We also discuss the second order sensitivity analysis for the problem considered in the cited paper.
      PubDate: 2014-12-21
  • Optimal design of welded structure with structural and local-notch
           stresses based on International Institute of Welding recommendations
    • Abstract: Abstract A procedure for optimally designing light-weight and reliable welded structures is proposed and applied to the structural design of an illustrative welded structure used in construction and transportation machinery. To verify the effectiveness of the design procedure, the designed structures were experimentally produced, and then the fatigue lives of them were evaluated. The proposed design procedure is composed of two major processes; one is thickness-design process, and the other one is the process for designing weld type. Since the design for thickness and weld type is conducted sequentially, the thickness of welded structures can be determined in an optimization process without considering weld type; hence, the proposed design procedure is not computational demanding. In the thickness-design process, the thickness of a target welded structure is optimized by constraining structural stress that is estimated on the basis of the International Institute of Welding recommendations. After the thickness optimization, weld type of welded joints is designed by using local-notch stress, which is also defined in the IIW recommendations. Two kinds of test pieces based on the designed welded structure were experimentally produced by changing the weld type of a joint, and the test pieces were fatigue tested to verify their fatigue resistance. Since the produced welded structures had expected fatigue resistance, it can be concluded that welded structures can be optimally designed by using the proposed design procedure.
      PubDate: 2014-12-20
  • The ESO method revisited
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper examines the evolutionary structural optimisation (ESO) method and its shortcomings. By proposing a problem statement for ESO followed by an accurate sensitivity analysis a framework is presented in which ESO is mathematically justifiable. It is shown that when using a sufficiently accurate sensitivity analysis, ESO method is not prone to the problem proposed by Zhou and Rozvany (Struct Multidiscip Optim 21(1):80–83, 2001). A complementary discussion on previous communications about ESO and strategies to overcome the Zhou-Rozvany problem is also presented. Finally it is shown that even the proposed rigorous ESO approach can result in highly inefficient local optima. It is discussed that the reason behind this shortcoming is ESO’s inherent unidirectional approach. It is thus concluded that the ESO method should only be used on a very limited class of optimisation problems where the problem’s constraints demand a unidirectional approach to final solutions. It is also discussed that the Bidirectional ESO (BESO) method is not prone to this shortcoming and it is suggested that the two methods be considered as completely separate optimisation techniques.
      PubDate: 2014-12-20
  • Discrete thickness optimization via piecewise constraint penalization
    • Abstract: Abstract Structural engineers are often constrained by cost or manufacturing considerations to select member thicknesses from a discrete set of values. Conventional, gradient-free techniques to solve these discrete problems cannot handle large problem sizes, while discrete material optimization (DMO) techniques may encounter difficulties, especially for bending-dominated problems. To resolve these issues, we propose an efficient gradient-based technique to obtain engineering solutions to the discrete thickness selection problem. The proposed technique uses a series of constraints to enforce an effective stiffness-to-mass and strength-to-mass penalty on intermediate designs. In conjunction with these constraints, we apply an exact penalty function which drives the solution towards a discrete design. We utilize a continuation approach to obtain approximate solutions to the discrete thickness selection problem by solving a sequence of relaxed continuous problems with increasing penalization. We also show how this approach can be applied to combined discrete thickness selection and topology optimization design problems. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique, we present both compliance and stress-constrained results for in-plane and bending-dominated problems.
      PubDate: 2014-12-20
  • 3D interactive topology optimization on hand-held devices
    • Abstract: Abstract This educational paper describes the implementation aspects, user interface design considerations and workflow potential of the recently published TopOpt 3D App. The app solves the standard minimum compliance problem in 3D and allows the user to change design settings interactively at any point in time during the optimization. Apart from its educational nature, the app may point towards future ways of performing industrial design. Instead of the usual geometrize, then model and optimize approach, the geometry now automatically adapts to the varying boundary and loading conditions. The app is freely available for iOS at Apple’s App Store and at for Windows and OSX.
      PubDate: 2014-12-20
  • Design of phononic crystals for self-collimation of elastic waves using
           topology optimization method
    • Abstract: Abstract Self-collimating phononic crystals (PCs) are periodic structures that enable self-collimation of waves. While various design parameters such as material property, period, lattice symmetry, and material distribution in a unit cell affect wave scattering inside a PC, this work aims to find an optimal material distribution in a unit cell that exhibits the desired self-collimation properties. While earlier studies were mainly focused on the arrangement of self-collimating PCs or shape changes of inclusions in a unit cell having a specific topological layout, we present a topology optimization formulation to find a desired material distribution. Specifically, a finite element based formulation is set up to find the matrix and inclusion material distribution that can make elastic shear-horizontal bulk waves propagate along a desired target direction. The proposed topology optimization formulation newly employs the geometric properties of equi-frequency contours (EFCs) in the wave vector space as essential elements in forming objective and constraint functions. The sensitivities of these functions with respect to design variables are explicitly derived to utilize a gradient-based optimizer. To show the effectiveness of the formulation, several case studies are considered.
      PubDate: 2014-12-14
  • Modeling of global and local stability in optimization of truss-like
           structures using frame elements
    • Abstract: Abstract An approach to take into account global and local stability in the design optimization of truss-like structures is presented. It is based on the use of frame elements and a single global stability constraint. A detailed discussion on key aspects of the proposed approach is presented, together with numerical examples. The proposed approach ensures global stability and does not require the use of Euler formula, avoiding several difficulties encountered in truss optimization. Besides, the examples illustrate that global stability is an important aspect to be taken into account in most practical cases.
      PubDate: 2014-12-14
  • Experiment and multiobjective optimization design of tape-spring hinges
    • Abstract: Abstract Flexible tape-spring hinges can be folded elastically and are able to self-deploy by releasing stored strain energy with fewer component parts and slight weights. This study presents a detailed investigation of the folding and deployment of single-layer tape-spring (SLTS) hinges and double-layer tape-spring (DLTS) hinges under pure bend loading. The material properties of tape-spring hinges are measured using an INSTRON machine. A DLTS hinge construction is created, and its moment-rotation relationship during quasi-static deployment is measured. An experiment is conducted to verify the validation of the numerical models for the DLTS hinges. The quasi-static deployment behavior of SLTS hinges and DLTS hinges is then analyzed using nonlinear finite element ABAQUS/Explicit solver, starting from the complete folded configuration. The DLTS hinge has good quasi-static deployment performances with regard to maximum stress (S m ), steady moment (M *) and the peak moment (M d ) during the DLTS hinge quasi-static deployment. In addition, the sampling designs of the DLTS hinges are created based on a three-level full factorial design of experiments (DOE) method. The surrogate models of S m , M * and M d of the DLTS hinges are derived using response surface method (RSM) to reduce the computational cost of quasi-static folding and deployment of numerical simulations. The Multiobjective optimization design (MOD) of the DLTS hinge is performed using modified non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA-II) algorithm to achieve the optimal design. The finite element models for the optimal design based on numerical method are established to validate the optimization results.
      PubDate: 2014-12-14
  • Filter the shape sensitivity in level set-based topology optimization
    • Abstract: Abstract Filtering methods are widely used in density-based topology optimization methods, such as the SIMP method, to prevent checkerboards and mesh dependency due to their ease of implementation and their efficiency. In this study, several filtering schemes are presented to filter the shape sensitivity in level set-based structural topology optimization methods. It is revealed that filtering of the shape sensitivity can yield convergence with less iterations without considerably increasing the computing time of each iteration step. Thus, it can improve the overall computational efficiency. The validity of the method is tested on both the mean compliance minimization problem and the compliant mechanisms design problem.
      PubDate: 2014-12-13
  • Multi-fidelity information fusion based on prediction of kriging
    • Abstract: Abstract In this paper, a novel kriging-based multi-fidelity method is proposed. Firstly, the model uncertainty of low-fidelity and high-fidelity models is quantified. On the other hand, the prediction uncertainty of kriging-based surrogate models(SM) is confirmed by its mean square error. After that, the integral uncertainty is acquired by math modeling. Meanwhile, the SMs are constructed through data from low-fidelity and high-fidelity models. Eventually, the low-fidelity (LF) and high-fidelity (HF) SMs with integral uncertainty are obtained and a proposed fusion algorithm is implemented. The fusion algorithm refers to the Kalman filter’s idea of optimal estimation to utilize the independent information from different models synthetically. Through several mathematical examples implemented, the fused SM is certified that its variance is decreased and the fused results tend to the true value. In addition, an engineering example about autonomous underwater vehicles’ hull design is provided to prove the feasibility of this proposed multi-fidelity method in practice. In the future, it will be a helpful tool to deal with reliability optimization of black-box problems and potentially applied in multidisciplinary design optimization.
      PubDate: 2014-12-13
  • Topology optimization study of arterial bypass configurations using the
           level set method
    • Abstract: Abstract We studied the arterial bypass design problem using a level set based topology optimization method. The blood flow in the artery was considered as the non-Newtonian flow governed by the Navier–Stokes equations coupled with the modified Cross model for the shear dependent viscosity. The fluid–solid interface is immersed in the design domain by the level set method and the fictitious porous material method. The sensitivity velocity derived by the level set based continuous adjoint method was utilized to control the evolution of the level set function. In order to accommodate the irregular analysis domains, the flow equations and the level set equations were computed on two different unstructured grids respectively. Three idealized arterial bypass configurations problems with the minimum flow shear stress objective were studied in the numerical examples. The results indicated that the optimal arterial bypass designs can effectively reduce integral of the squared shear rate in the artery and have a superior performance for the arterial grafting.
      PubDate: 2014-12-06
  • Free material stiffness design of laminated composite structures using
           commercial finite element analysis codes
    • Abstract: Abstract In this work optimum stiffness design of laminated composite structures is performed using the commercially available programs ANSYS and MATLAB. Within these programs a Free Material Optimization algorithm is implemented based on an optimality condition and a heuristic update scheme. The heuristic update scheme is needed because commercially available finite element analysis software is used. When using a commercial finite element analysis code it is not straight forward to implement a computationally efficient gradient based optimization algorithm. Examples considered in this work are a clamped-clamped 2D plate loaded in two load cases and a point loaded six layered 3D double curved corner hinged shell. The first example displays the effect of varying the size of patches having the same parametrization, and the second illustrates the benefit of using a layered free material parametrization. The results provide information concerning topology, material anisotropy, and the direction having the maximum stiffness. The obtained results are compared to gradient based optimization solutions using Discrete Material Optimization and Continuous Fiber Angle Optimization implemented in a research code, where full access to the finite element analysis core is granted. This comparison displays the possibility of using commercially available programs for stiffness design of laminated composite structures.
      PubDate: 2014-12-04
  • Optimization of multiphase structures considering damage
    • Abstract: Abstract The present contribution deals with a gradient based optimization strategy to improve the ductility of composite structures. In order to achieve the chosen optimization goal, stiff inclusions in a soft matrix are varied in shape and location controlled by the variation of implicit level-set functions. The eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM) allows the use of a fixed structured mesh. For the non-linear constitutive behaviour an isotropic damage model is chosen for interface and matrix softening failure; the inclusions are assumed to be elastic. For the calculation of the required sensitivities the influence of the material interfaces, the related enrichment funcions of the X-FEM as well as the kinematic and constitutive relations have to be taken into account.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02
  • Coupled aerostructural topology optimization using a level set method for
           3D aircraft wings
    • Abstract: Abstract The purpose of this work is to develop a level set topology optimization method for an unstructured three-dimensional mesh and apply it to wing box design for coupled aerostructural considerations. The paper develops fast marching and upwind schemes suitable for unstructured meshes, which make the level set method robust and efficient. The method is applied to optimize a representative wing box internal structure for the NASA Common Research Model. The objective is to minimize the total compliance of the wing box. The trim condition that aerodynamic lift must balance the total weight of the aircraft is enforced by allowing the root angle of attack to change. The adjoint method is used to obtain the coupled shape sensitivities required to perform aerostructural optimization of the wing box. Optimum solutions for several aerodynamic and body force load cases, as well as a ground load case, are presented.
      PubDate: 2014-11-28
  • Performance study of multi-fidelity gradient enhanced kriging
    • Abstract: Abstract Multi-fidelity surrogate modelling offers an efficient way to approximate computationally expensive simulations. In particular, Kriging-based surrogate models are popular for approximating deterministic data. In this work, the performance of Kriging is investigated when multi-fidelity gradient data is introduced along with multi-fidelity function data to approximate computationally expensive black-box simulations. To achieve this, the recursive CoKriging formulation is extended by incorporating multi-fidelity gradient information. This approach, denoted by Gradient-Enhanced recursive CoKriging (GECoK), is initially applied to two analytical problems. As expected, results from the analytical benchmark problems show that additional gradient information of different fidelities can significantly improve the accuracy of the Kriging model. Moreover, GECoK provides a better approximation even when the gradient information is only partially available. Further comparison between CoKriging, Gradient Enhanced Kriging, denoted by GEK, and GECoK highlights various advantages of employing single and multi-fidelity gradient data. Finally, GECoK is further applied to two real-life examples.
      PubDate: 2014-11-26
  • Multi-constrained topology optimization via the topological sensitivity
    • Abstract: Abstract The objective of this paper is to introduce and demonstrate a robust method for multi-constrained topology optimization. The method is derived by combining the topological sensitivity with the classic augmented Lagrangian formulation. The primary advantages of the proposed method are: (1) it rests on well-established augmented Lagrangian formulation for constrained optimization, (2) the augmented topological level-set can be derived systematically for an arbitrary set of loads and constraints, and (3) the level-set can be updated efficiently. The method is illustrated through numerical experiments.
      PubDate: 2014-11-26
  • Topology optimization of Prager structures based on truss-like material
    • Abstract: Abstract A finite element method is presented to optimize Prager structures using a truss-like material model. The members are assumed to be distributed over the design domain continuously but non-uniformly, and their densities and orientations at nodes are taken as design variables. The initial loads are applied to the design domain uniformly, and the densities of members are optimized by fully stressed criteria, with the members aligning along the principal direction of stress. Concomitantly, loads are moved to the elevations of the centroid along the vertical direction. Through iterating the above procedure until convergence, Prager structures can be optimized into anisotropic structures in which most of the arches are not parallel to each other.
      PubDate: 2014-11-22
  • Continuum shape sensitivity analysis and what-if study for two-dimensional
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper presents a shape sensitivity analysis and what-if study for two-dimensional multi-scale crack propagation problems using bridging scale decomposition. The sensitivity equations are derived in a continuum setting using direct differentiation method based on a continuum variational formulation of the bridging scale. Due to the fact that the crack propagation speed in an atomistic simulation is discrete in design, and cannot be formulated as a continuous function of shape design variables, we propose a hybrid method that combines analytical sensitivity analysis with finite difference approach. The finite difference part of the sensitivity analysis is only intended for calculating the sensitivity of crack growth speed based on the analytically obtained sensitivity coefficients of structural responses. The theoretical development on sensitivity formulation in this paper extends the application of the method to irregular-shaped finite elements and general design velocity fields. Furthermore, we evaluate and compare several performance measures that quantify crack propagation speed based on crack tip locations for sensitivity analysis and ultimately for structural optimization. A two-dimensional beam example is used to verify the accuracy of the proposed sensitivity approach. It is also demonstrated through a what-if study that with an adequate performance measure, the impact of macroscopic shape changes on microscopic crack propagation speed can be accurately predicted.
      PubDate: 2014-11-20
  • Experimental flapping wing optimization and uncertainty quantification
           using limited samples
    • Abstract: Abstract Flapping wing micro air vehicles are capable of hover and forward flight with high maneuverability. However, flapping wing flight is difficult to simulate accurately because it is a more complex phenomenon than fixed wing or rotorcraft flight. Consequently, the optimization of flapping wing behavior based on simulation is limited and, therefore, we have elected to optimize a wing experimentally. Specifically, we use experimental data to optimize the flapping wing structure for maximum thrust production in hover mode. We point out the similarities or otherwise between experimental optimization and the more common simulation-based optimization. Experimental optimization is hampered by noisy data, which is due to manufacturing variability and testing/measurement uncertainty in this study. These uncertainties must be reduced to an acceptable level and this requires their quantification. Therefore, improvements in manufacturing and testing procedures were implemented to reduce the noise. Another challenge is to limit the number of experiments for reducing time and cost. This is realized by using surrogates, or meta-models, to approximate the response (in this case, thrust) of the wing. In order to take into account the uncertainty, or noise, in the response, we use a Gaussian Process surrogate with noise and a 2nd order polynomial response surface. We apply a surrogate-based optimization algorithm called Efficient Global Optimization with different sampling criteria and multiple surrogates. This enables us to select multiple points per optimization cycle, which is especially useful in this case as it is more time efficient to manufacture multiple wings at once and this also serves as insurance against failed designs.
      PubDate: 2014-11-20
  • Matlab code for a level set-based topology optimization method using a
           reaction diffusion equation
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper presents a simple Matlab implementation for a level set-based topology optimization method in which the level set function is updated using a reaction diffusion equation, which is different from conventional level set-based approaches (Allaire et al. 2002, 2004; Wang et al. 2003) that use the Hamilton-Jacobi equation to update the level set function. With this method, the geometrical complexity of optimized configurations can be easily controlled by appropriately setting a regularization parameter. We explain the code in detail, and also the derivation of the topological derivative that is used in the level set-based topology optimization. Numerical results for stiffness maximization problems are provided to facilitate the reader’s understanding. The presented code is intended for educational purposes only. This paper was inspired by previously published papers presenting Matlab code for a SIMP method (Sigmund 2001; Andreassen et al. 2011), a level set-based method (Challis 2010), and FreeFem ++ code for a structural optimization method (Allaire and Pantz 2006). Readers can investigate results provided by these different methods and discover the prominent aspects of each particular method. The code presented here can be downloaded from
      PubDate: 2014-11-19
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