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Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
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Case Studies in Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
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Change Over Time     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Civil and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
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Civil Engineering Dimension     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
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Cohesion and Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Composite Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 230)
Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
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Concrete Research Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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Constructive Approximation     Hybrid Journal  
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Environmental Geotechnics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale : Fracture and Structural Integrity     Open Access  
Frontiers in Built Environment     Open Access  
Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Geomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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International Journal of Protective Structures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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International Journal of Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Structural Integrity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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International Journal on Pavement Engineering & Asphalt Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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Journal of Composites     Open Access   (Followers: 77)
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Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
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Journal of Rehabilitation in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37)
Journal of Structural Fire Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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Journal of Sustainable Design and Applied Research in Innovative Engineering of the Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Jurnal Teknik Sipil dan Perencanaan     Open Access  
KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Materiales de Construcción     Open Access  
Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Nondestructive Testing And Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Obras y Proyectos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Open Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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Random Structures and Algorithms     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Recent Trends In Civil Engineering & Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Research in Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Revista IBRACON de Estruturas e Materiais     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Road Materials and Pavement Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Russian Journal of Nondestructive Testing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Science and Engineering of Composite Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58)
Selected Scientific Papers - Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Soils and foundations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Steel Construction - Design and Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Structural Concrete     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
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The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Journal Cover Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
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   ISSN (Print) 1615-1488 - ISSN (Online) 1615-147X
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  • Generalized incremental frequency method for topological designof
           continuum structures for minimum dynamic compliance subject to forced
           vibration at a prescribed low or high value of the excitation frequency
    • Authors: Niels Olhoff; Jianbin Du
      Pages: 1113 - 1141
      Abstract: This paper deals with topological design optimization of elastic, continuum structures without damping that are subjected to time-harmonic, design-independent external dynamic loading with prescribed excitation frequency, amplitude and spatial distribution. The admissible design domain, the boundary conditions, and the available amount(s) of material(s) for single- or bi-material structures are given. An important objective of such a design problem is often to drive the resonance frequencies of the structure as far away as possible from the given excitation frequency in order to avoid resonance and to reduce the vibration level of the structure. In the present paper, the excitation frequency is defined to be ‘low’ for positive values up to and including the fundamental resonance frequency of the structure, and to be ‘high’ for values beyond that. Our paper shows that it may be very important to consider different design paths in problems of minimum dynamic compliance in order to obtain desirable solutions for prescribed excitation frequencies, and a so-called ‘incremental frequency technique’ (IF technique) is applied for this. Subsequently, the IF technique is integrated into an extended, systematic method named as the ‘generalized incremental frequency method’ (GIF method) that is developed for gradient based dynamic compliance minimization for not only ‘low’, but also ‘high’ excitation frequencies of the structure. The GIF method performs search for and determination of the solution to the minimum dynamic compliance design problem, but this is subject to the complexity that problems with prescribed high excitation frequencies exhibit disjointed design sub-spaces. Each of these sub-spaces is associated with a local minimum value of the dynamic compliance, so in general the ‘global optimum solution’ will have to be selected as the ‘best’ solution from among a number of local candidate solutions. Illustrative examples of application of the IF technique and the GIF method are presented in the paper.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1574-3
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • Structure-material integrated design by level sets
    • Authors: Yiqiang Wang; Michael Yu Wang; Feifei Chen
      Pages: 1145 - 1156
      Abstract: This paper proposes a structure-material integrated design method in the framework of level sets. A two-scale optimization is performed, where not only is the structural configuration optimized, but the effective properties of the constituent material are also designed by optimizing the configuration of the periodically-arranged microstructures. In this way, the approach can simultaneously generate optimized material distribution patterns as well as optimized materials. Due to the fact that the level set method produces material-void solutions only, the obtained material is uniformly distributed over the material regions of the structure in a strict sense. Three numerical examples are presented to validate the proposed method. The obtained optimal solutions illustrate that whether to design material cells or to optimize structural configurations to achieve the best structural performance would be problem dependent, and thus further demonstrate the necessity and validity of the integrated design scheme.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1430-5
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • Topology optimization considering overhang constraints: Eliminating
           sacrificial support material in additive manufacturing through design
    • Authors: Andrew T. Gaynor; James K. Guest
      Pages: 1157 - 1172
      Abstract: Additively manufactured components often require temporary support material to prevent the component from collapsing or warping during fabrication. Whether these support materials are removed chemically as in the case of many polymer additive manufacturing processes, or mechanically as in the case of (for example) Direct Metal Laser Sintering, the use of sacrificial material increases total material usage, build time, and time required in post-fabrication treatments. The goal of this work is to embed a minimum allowable self-supporting angle within the topology optimization framework such that designed components and structures may be manufactured without the use of support material. This is achieved through a series of projection operations that combine a local projection to enforce minimum length scale requirements and a support region projection to ensure a feature is adequately supported from below. The magnitude of the self-supporting angle is process dependent and is thus an input variable provided by the manufacturing or design engineer. The algorithm is demonstrated on standard minimum compliance topology optimization problems and solutions are shown to satisfy minimum length scale, overhang angle, and volume constraints, and are shown to be dependent on the allowable magnitudes of these constraints.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1551-x
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • An immersed boundary approach for shape and topology optimization of
           stationary fluid-structure interaction problems
    • Authors: Nicholas Jenkins; Kurt Maute
      Pages: 1191 - 1208
      Abstract: This paper presents an approach to shape and topology optimization of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems at steady state. The overall approach builds on an immersed boundary method that couples a Lagrangian formulation of the structure to an Eulerian fluid model, discretized on a deforming mesh. The geometry of the fluid-structure boundary is manipulated by varying the nodal parameters of a discretized level set field. This approach allows for topological changes of the fluid-structure interface, but free-floating volumes of solid material can emerge in the course of the optimization process. The free-floating volumes are tracked and modeled as fluid in the FSI analysis. To sense the isolated solid volumes, an indicator field described by linear, isotropic diffusion is computed prior to analyzing the FSI response of a design. The fluid is modeled with the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, and the structure is assumed linear elastic. The FSI model is discretized by an extended finite element method, and the fluid-structure coupling conditions are enforced weakly. The resulting nonlinear system of equations is solved monolithically with Newton’s method. The design sensitivities are computed by the adjoint method and the optimization problem is solved by a gradient-based algorithm. The characteristics of this optimization framework are studied with two-dimensional problems at steady state. Numerical results indicate that the proposed treatment of free-floating volumes introduces a discontinuity in the design evolution, yet the method is still successful in converging to meaningful designs.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1467-5
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • Fail-safe topology optimization
    • Authors: Ming Zhou; Raphael Fleury
      Pages: 1225 - 1243
      Abstract: Fail-safe robustness of critical load carrying structures is an important design philosophy for aerospace industry. The basic idea is that a structure should be designed to survive normal loading conditions when partial damage occurred. Such damage is quantified as complete failure of a structural member, or a partial damage of a larger structural part. In the context of topology optimization fail-safe consideration was first proposed by Jansen et al. Struct Multidiscip Optim 49(4):657–666, (2014). While their approach captures the essence of fail-safe requirement, it has two major shortcomings: (1) it involves analysis of a very large number of FEA models at the scale equal to the number of elements; (2) failure was introduced in generic terms and therefore the fundamental aspects of failure test of discrete members was not discussed. This paper aims at establishing a rigorous framework for fail-safe topology optimization of general 3D structures, with the goal to develop a computationally viable solution for industrial applications. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach on several examples including a 3D example with over three hundred thousand elements.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1507-1
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • Application of layout optimization to the design of additively
           manufactured metallic components
    • Authors: Christopher J. Smith; Matthew Gilbert; Iain Todd; Fatos Derguti
      Pages: 1297 - 1313
      Abstract: Additive manufacturing (‘3D printing’) techniques provide engineers with unprecedented design freedoms, opening up the possibility for stronger and lighter component designs. In this paper ‘layout optimization’ is used to provide a reference volume and to identify potential design topologies for a given component, providing a useful alternative to continuum based topology optimization approaches (which normally require labour intensive post-processing in order to realise a practical component). Here simple rules are used to automatically transform a line structure layout into a 3D continuum. Two examples are considered: (i) a simple beam component subject to three-point bending; (ii) a more complex air-brake hinge component, designed for the Bloodhound supersonic car. These components were successfully additively manufactured using titanium Ti-6Al-4V, using the Electron Beam Melting (EBM) process. Also, to verify the efficacy of the process and the mechanical performance of the fabricated specimens, a total of 12 beam samples were load tested to failure, demonstrating that the target design load could successfully be met.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1426-1
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • A comprehensive survey on topology optimization of phononic crystals
    • Authors: Guilian Yi; Byeng D. Youn
      Pages: 1315 - 1344
      Abstract: The objective of this paper is to present a peer-review of the literature and trends surrounding the design of phononic crystals (PnCs) using topology optimization methods. After first providing a brief review of new developments, improvements, and applications of PnCs, this paper investigates the techniques and applications of topology optimization methods for phononic band gaps and functional structures. Both gradient-based and non-gradient-based topology optimization methods have been employed in the design of PnCs. The advantages and drawbacks of the methods used in this area are discussed in detail in this paper. Based on observations of the current state, we highlight suggestions and ideas for future research in the field of phononic crystal design optimization. The paper examines how applying topology optimization techniques into the design of PnCs yields promising performance and functions. This literature survey is designed to provide an overview of the recent advances and novel applications of popular topology optimization methods for the design of PnCs.
      PubDate: 2016-11-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1520-4
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 5 (2016)
  • Reliability analysis of structures using stochastic response surface
           method and saddlepoint approximation
    • Authors: Xianzhen Huang; Yang Liu; Yimin Zhang; Xufang Zhang
      Abstract: Stochastic response surface method (SRSM) is a technique used for reliability analysis of complex structural systems having implicit or time consuming limit state functions. The main aspects of the SRSM are the collection of sample points, the approximation of response surface and the estimation of the probability of failure. In this paper, sample points are selected close to the most probable point of failure and the actual limit state surface (LSS). The response surface is fitted using the weighted regression technique, which allows the fitting points to be weighted based on their distance from the LSS. The cumulant generating function (CGF) of the response surface is derived analytically. The saddlepoint approximation (SPA) method is utilized to compute the probability of failure of the structural system. Finally, four numerical examples compare the proposed algorithm with the traditional quadratic polynomial SRSM, Kriging based SRSM and direct MCS.
      PubDate: 2016-11-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1617-9
  • Optimal strengthening of no–tension structures with externally bonded
           reinforcing layers or ties
    • Authors: Matteo Bruggi; Alberto Taliercio
      Abstract: An innovative approach is proposed to define the optimal distribution of a prescribed amount of reinforcement to be externally bonded to 2D no-tension structural elements, with the aim of maximizing the overall stiffness of the strengthened element. Only tensile stresses are allowed in the reinforcing layers. An algorithm based on Topology Optimization is employed to simultaneously enforce negativity of the principal stresses in the original body, and positivity of the stress in the reinforcement. A few numerical simulations are presented to assess the capabilities of the proposed procedure in defining the optimal reinforcement layouts for laterally loaded walls and arches. In the case of curved elements, suitable fasteners have to be employed to ensure bonding of the strengthening layer at the intrados. Fiber-reinforcement is found to spontaneously arise where cracks would occur in the unreinforced element. The proposed formulation can also be employed to define the optimal location of reinforcing ties for arches and barrel vaults.
      PubDate: 2016-11-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1625-9
  • An efficient lightweight design strategy for body-in-white based on
           implicit parameterization technique
    • Authors: Libin Duan; Ning-cong Xiao; Zhaohui Hu; Guangyao Li; Aiguo Cheng
      Abstract: In the early design phase of vehicles, performing lightweight design of body-in-white (BIW) using shape, size and topology optimization is a challenge. The large amount of design parameters including size, shape of cross-sections and positions of various parts are the main contributors to the challenge, which will lead to the huge computational cost for running a large number of finite element (FE) simulations and function evaluations. To handle this problem, an efficient lightweight design strategy which integrates implicit parameterization technique, global sensitivity analysis (GSA) and Pareto set pursuing (PSP) algorithm is proposed in this paper to explore the lightweight design of BIW. Firstly, a full parameterized model of BIW is established with implicit parametrization technique via SFE-CONCEPT. Secondly, the GSA technique is used to reduce the dimensions of design space. Finally, the parameterized model of BIW is optimized by PSP method directly in the reduced design space. It is clearly shown that the optimized BIW structure signifies the noticeable improvement from the baseline model. The results demonstrate that the proposed method is capable in generating a well-distributed Pareto optimal frontier, and can largely reduce the design complexity of BIW lightweight.
      PubDate: 2016-11-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1621-0
  • A strain tensor method for three-dimensional Michell structures
    • Authors: Benjamin P. Jacot; Caitlin T. Mueller
      Abstract: In the design of discrete structures such as trusses and frames, important quantitative goals such as minimal weight or minimal compliance often dominate. Many numerical techniques exist to address these needs. However, an analytical approach exists to meet similar goals, which was initiated by Michell (1904) and has been mostly used for two-dimensional structures so far. This paper develops a method to extend the existing mainly two-dimensional approach to apply to three-dimensional structures. It will be referred as the Michell strain tensor method (MSTM). First, the proof that MSTM is consistent with the existing theory in two dimensions is provided. Second, two- and three-dimensional known solutions will be replicated based on MSTM. Finally, MSTM will be used to solve new three-dimensional cases.
      PubDate: 2016-11-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1622-z
  • Stress-constrained continuum topology optimization: a new approach based
           on elasto-plasticity
    • Authors: Oded Amir
      Abstract: A new approach for generating stress-constrained topological designs in continua is presented. The main novelty is in the use of elasto-plastic modeling and in optimizing the design such that it will exhibit a linear-elastic response. This is achieved by imposing a single global constraint on the total sum of equivalent plastic strains, providing accurate control over all local stress violations. The single constraint essentially replaces a large number of local stress constraints or an approximate aggregation of them – two common approaches in the literature. A classical rate-independent plasticity model is utilized, for which analytical adjoint sensitivity analysis is derived and verified. Several examples demonstrate the capability of the computational procedure to generate designs that challenge results from the literature, in terms of the obtained stiffness-strength-weight trade-offs. A full elasto-plastic analysis of the optimized designs shows that prior to the initial yielding, these designs can sustain significantly higher loads than minimum compliance topological layouts, with only a minor compromise on stiffness.
      PubDate: 2016-11-26
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1618-8
  • Topology optimization of energy storage flywheel
    • Authors: L. Jiang; C. W. Wu
      Abstract: To increase the energy storage density, one of the critical evaluations of flywheel performance, topology optimization is used to obtain the optimized topology layout of the flywheel rotor geometry. Based on the variable density method, a two-dimensional flywheel rotor topology optimization model is first established and divided into three regions: design domain, inner ring, and outer ring. Then the optimized flywheel topology layout can be obtained through the post-processing combined with the finite element analysis. In addition, several influence factors significantly affecting the topology optimization result are further investigated. Finally, a series of optimized flywheel layouts are obtained under different manufacturing constraints, stress constraints, and volume fraction constraints. These optimized flywheels obtained by topology optimization can provide a valuable guidance for the energy storage flywheel design in practical engineering.
      PubDate: 2016-11-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1576-1
  • Structural and multidisciplinary optimization – special issue
           editorial note
    • Authors: Byeng D. Youn; Christian Gogu; Raphael T. Haftka
      PubDate: 2016-11-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1620-1
  • Direct computation of solution spaces
    • Authors: Johannes Fender; Fabian Duddeck; Markus Zimmermann
      Abstract: In engineering, it is often desirable to find a subset of the set of feasible designs, a solution space, rather than a single solution. A feasible design is defined as a design which does not violate any constraints and has a performance value below a desired threshold. Performance measure, threshold value and constraints depend on the specific problem. For evaluation of a design with respect to feasibility, a model is required which maps the design parameters from the input space onto the performance measures in the output space. In state-of-the-art methodology, iterative sampling is used to generate an estimate of the frontier between feasible and infeasible regions in the input space. By evaluating each sample point with respect to feasibility, areas which contain a large fraction of feasible designs are identified and subsequently resampled. The largest hypercube containing only feasible designs is sought, because this results in independent intervals for each design parameter. Estimating this hypercube with sufficient precision may require a large number of model evaluations, depending on the dimensionality of the input space. In this paper, a novel approach is proposed for modeling the inequality constraints and an objective function in a way for which a linear formulation can be used, independently of the dimensionality of the problem. Thereby the exact solution for the largest feasible hypercube can be calculated at much lower cost than with stochastic sampling as described above, as the problem is reduced to solving a linear system of equations. The method is applied to structural design with respect to the US-NCAP frontal impact. The obtained solution is compared to numerical solutions of an identical system, which are computed using reduced order models and stochastic methods. By this example, the high potential of the new direct method for solution space computation is shown.
      PubDate: 2016-11-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1615-y
  • Multi-fidelity wing aerostructural optimization using a trust region
           filter-SQP algorithm
    • Authors: Ali Elham; Michel J. L. van Tooren
      Abstract: A trust region filter-SQP method is used for wing multi-fidelity aerostructural optimization. Filter method eliminates the need for a penalty function, and subsequently a penalty parameter. Besides, it can easily be modified to be used for multi-fidelity optimization. A low fidelity aerostructural analysis tool is presented, that computes the drag, weight and structural deformation of lifting surfaces as well as their sensitivities with respect to the design variables using analytical methods. That tool is used for a mono-fidelity wing aerostructral optimization using a trust region filter-SQP method. In addition to that, a multi-fidelity aerostructural optimization has been performed, using a higher fidelity CFD code to calibrate the results of the lower fidelity model. In that case, the lower fidelity tool is used to compute the objective function, constraints and their derivatives to construct the quadratic programming subproblem. The high fidelity model is used to compute the objective function and the constraints used to generate the filter. The results of the high fidelity analysis are also used to calibrate the results of the lower fidelity tool during the optimization. This method is applied to optimize the wing of an A320 like aircraft for minimum fuel burn. The results showed about 9 % reduction in the aircraft mission fuel burn.
      PubDate: 2016-11-23
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1613-0
  • Topology optimization under thermo-elastic buckling
    • Authors: Shiguang Deng; Krishnan Suresh
      Abstract: The focus of this paper is on topology optimization of continuum structures subject to thermally induced buckling. Popular strategies for solving such problems include Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) and Rational Approximation of Material Properties (RAMP). Both methods rely on material parameterization, and can sometimes exhibit pseudo buckling modes in regions with low pseudo-densities. Here we consider a level-set approach that relies on the concept of topological sensitivity. Topological sensitivity analysis for thermo-elastic buckling is carried out via direct and adjoint formulations. Then, an augmented Lagrangian formulation is presented that exploits these sensitivities to solve a buckling constrained problem. Numerical experiments in 3D illustrate the robustness and efficiency of the proposed method.
      PubDate: 2016-11-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1611-2
  • Optimal topology design for stress-isolation of soft hyperelastic
           composite structures under imposed boundary displacements
    • Authors: Yangjun Luo; Ming Li; Zhan Kang
      Abstract: Soft hyperelastic composite structures that integrate soft hyperelastic material and linear elastic hard material can undergo large deformations while isolating high strain in specified locations to avoid failure. This paper presents an effective topology optimization-based methodology for seeking the optimal united layout of hyperelastic composite structures with prescribed boundary displacements and stress constraints. The optimization problem is modeled based on the power-law interpolation scheme for two candidate materials (one is soft hyperelastic material and the other is linear elastic material). The ɛ-relaxation technique and the enhanced aggregation method are employed to avoid stress singularity and improve the computational efficiency. Then, the topology optimization problem can be readily solved by a gradient-based mathematical programming algorithm using the adjoint variable sensitivity information. Numerical examples are given to show the importance of considering prescribed boundary displacements in the design of hyperelastic composite structures. Moreover, numerical solutions demonstrate the validity of the present model for the optimal topology design with a stress-isolated region.
      PubDate: 2016-11-10
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1610-3
  • Erratum to: Generalized incremental frequency method for topological
           design of continuum structures for minimum dynamic compliance subject to
           forced vibration at a prescribed low or high value of the excitation
    • Authors: Niels Olhoff; Jianbin Du
      PubDate: 2016-10-24
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1608-x
  • Special issue dedicated to Founding Editor George Rozvany
    • Authors: Ming Zhou; Gregoire Allaire; Gengdong Cheng; Jianbin Du; Matthew Gilbert; Xu Guo; James Guest; Raphael Haftka; Alicia Kim; Thomas Lewinski; Kurt Maute; Julian Norato; Niels Olhoff; Glaucio H Paulino; Tomasz Sokol; Michael Wang; Ren-Jye Yang; Byeng Dong Youn
      PubDate: 2016-10-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s00158-016-1591-2
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