Topology Optimization of Coupled Multi-Physics Problems

  • Kurt Maute
Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 549)


Topology optimization provides a promising approach to systematically design multi-physics problems, such as thermo-mechanical, electro-static, and fluid-structure interaction problems. This class of design problems is often dominated by nonlinear phenomena and is not well suited for intuitive design strategies. In this lecture we will discuss applications of topology optimization methods to coupled multi-physics problems, emphasizing the differences between volumetric and interface coupling in the context of topology optimization. Focusing on density methods, topology optimization of piezo-electric devices and fluid-structure interaction problems will be studied.


Topology Optimization Piezoelectric Material Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Topology Optimization Method Stick Condition 
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© CISM, Udine 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Maute
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  1. 1.Department of Aerospace Engineering SciencesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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