Topology Optimization of Perforated Continua Based on Truss-Like Material Model
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A topology optimization method from truss-like continua to perforated continua is studied, which is based on the concept of force transmission paths. The force transmission paths are optimized utilizing a truss-like material model. In the optimization procedure, parts of the force transmission paths are removed. Finally, perforated optimal continua are formed by further optimizing the material distribution field. No intermediate densities are suppressed; therefore, no additional technique is involved and no numerical instabilities are created. Structural topologies are presented using material distribution fields rather than the ‘existence’ or ‘inexistence’ of elements. More detailed structures are obtained utilizing less dense elements.
KeywordsTopology optimization Structural optimization Truss-like material Perforated continua
This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11572131).
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