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Evolutionary topology optimization of continuum structures including design-dependent self-weight loads

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The effectiveness and efficiency of the Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization (BESO) method has been demonstrated on the minimization compliance problem with fixed external loads. This paper considers the minimization of mean compliance for continuum structure subjected to design-dependent self-weight loads. Due to the non-monotonous behaviour for this type of the optimization problems, the extended BESO method using discrete design variables has its difficulty to obtain convergent solutions for such problems. In this paper, a new BESO method is developed based on the sensitivity number computation utilizing an alternative material interpolation scheme. A number of examples are presented to demonstrate the capabilities of the proposed method for achieving convergent optimal solutions for structures including self-weight loads.

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... Following Brunneel and Duysinx [3] study, Yang et al [4] and Ansola et al [5] proposed the modified ESO method to solve the topology [1] used the same method of the previous author to solve topology optimization problems of a structure subjected to body force loads (self-weight, centrifugal forces, and inertial forces). In their works, Han et al [1] and Huang and xie [6] stated that is almost impossible to obtain a {0,1} design using the power law material interpolation scheme. From this, the TOBS method arises as an alternative to overcome this statement. ...
... The TOBS method combines four numerical ingredients: sequential problem linearization, relaxation of constraints (motion limits), sensitivity filtering, and an integer programming solver. The method presents an improvement over the previously available discrete topology optimization methods, namely, the popular BESO method by Huang and Xie [6] and those by Svanberg and Werne [8] and Beckers [9]. Furthermore, the use of design variables {0,1} gives the TOBS method an advantageous potential in solving design-dependent physical problems. ...
... The design domain of a rectangular plate is illustrated in Fig. 2. This model is a benchmarking example for topology optimization with self-weight loads and it was studied by some other researchers (Bruneel and Duysinx [3], Ansola et al [5] and Huang and Xie [6]). The following material properties are assumed: Young's modulus of 200 GPa, Poisson's ratio of 0.3, and density of 7850 kg/m 3 . ...
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... Gao et al. [29] proposed and validated an improved RAMP model with a variable parameter in solving structural topology optimization under inertial loads. In 2011, Huang and Xie [30] developed a new BESO method utilizing the RAMP model to optimize structures with self-weight and demonstrated its capability to generate convergent optimal solutions with numbers of examples. Last but not least, in 2013, Xu et al. [24] introduced an Optimality Criteria (OC) method, namely, the Guide-Weight method (GW) into continuum structures optimization under body forces. ...
... However, in addition to the self-weight of the structure, the centrifugal forces, the magnitude and direction of the acceleration borne by structure also have a great impact on the topological structure. With the work by [24,30] as benchmarks, notably, this paper proposes to investigate topology optimization of continuum structures with density-dependent inertial loads (including self-weight, centrifugal forces, the magnitude and direction of the acceleration of inertial loads) by using an extended BESO method. This work presents an extended procedure to deal with maximum stiffness (minimum compliance) topology optimization of continuum structures, and the centrifugal forces, the magnitude and direction of the acceleration of inertial loads are considered. ...
... where ρ 0 and E 0 denote the density and Young's modulus of the solid material, and q is the penalty factor which is larger than zero for topology optimization problem. It is assumed that Poisson's ratio is independent of the design variables and the global stiffness matrix K can be expressed by the elemental stiffness matrix and design variables x i as (30) where denotes the elemental stiffness matrix of the solid element. From Eqs. (27), (29) and (8), the sensitivity of the compliance (structure with self-weight) can be obtained as (31) From Eqs. (27), (29) and (13), the sensitivity of the compliance (structure under centrifugal force) can be expressed as (32) Similarly, the sensitivity of the compliance (structure with self-weight and additional acceleration) can be obtained from Eqs. (27), (29) and (18), as (33) It is noted that the ratio between the first and second terms of Eqs. ...
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... It is noticed that certain numerical examples of structural optimization had shown different results between considering and not considering self-weight loads [4,5]. And since structural mass is used in eigenvalue analysis, structural self-weight loads must be considered in static analysis to strive for consistency. ...
... In Eqs. (3)(4)(5), λ * denote the multipliers of the optimal point A * . The dual programming problem of Eq. (1) can be expressed as ...
... The optimality conditions of Eq. (8) are still the same with Eqs. (3)(4)(5)(6)(7). The essential extremum condition of the dual function φ(λ) [6] in Eq. (8) is ...
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... Ansola et al. [15] presented a modified version of ESO in computing sensitivity numbers to obtain the optimum design for the self-weight problems. Huang and Xie [16] developed a BESO method to deal with self-weight problems using RAMP model. Level-set method is an alternative to solve this kind of problem. ...
... on is a piec he product en knot vec r derivative (16) where N refers to the matrix of B-spline basis functions presented in Section 2. When the exact imposition of the Dirichlet boundary conditions is made, Eq. (16) needs to be revised by means of weighted FCM [35,36]. By substituting Eq. (16) into Eq. ...
... 2L L Self-weight This example was extensively studied as a benchmark by several researchers [8,14,16]. Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio are assumed to be E=1 and μ=0.3, respectively. As shown in Fig. 8, a vertical force is applied at the middle point of the structure bottom. ...
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... Topology optimization of continuum structures with selfweight loads has been studied by Yang et al. [177] and Ansola et al. [4] using the modified ESO procedures (early versions of BESO). Huang and Xie [57] revisited later the same problem by using the soft/hard-kill BESO methods. The basic formulation of the topology optimization problem may also consist of minimizing the compliance of the structure with self-weight load subject to a constraint on the structural volume as given in (12) min ...
... Design domain of a simply supported rectangular plate subject to self-weight loading and the corresponding hard-kill BESO design result [57] where ∆f e is the change in the load vector due to the removal of the e-th element and v e is the element volume. ...
... As for BESO designs of the problem, Huang and Xie [57] have derived the sensitivity numbers from a strict sensitivity analysis with the adoption of the RAMP material interpolation model [132]. By the RAMP model, the density and the Young's modulus are defined in terms of the topology design variables as ...
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... They presented a correction factor to compute the sensitivities of the objective and to enhance the convergence of the optimization. Huang and Xie (2011) used the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization approach with the RAMP material model (Stolpe and Svanberg 2001) for designing structures subjected to self-weight. Xu et al. (2013) proposed the guide-weight approach using the optimality criteria method. ...
... a CASE II and b CASE IVare close to 0-1 solutions. Topologies of these solutions resemble those reported in(Bruyneel and Duysinx 2005;Huang and Xie 2011;Novotny et al. 2021). Furthermore, these solutions (Fig. 5b and d)are symmetric with respect to the central y-axis of the domain and thus, symmetry nature of the problem is retained. ...
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... They presented a correction factor to compute the sensitivities of the objective and to enhance the convergence of the optimization. Huang and Xie (2011) used the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization approach with the RAMP material model (Stolpe and Svanberg, 2001) for designing structures subjected to self-weight. Xu et al. (2013) proposed the guide-weight approach using the optimality criteria method. ...
... The optimized designs of CASE II (Fig. 5b) and CASE IV (Fig. 5d) are close to 0-1 solutions. Topologies of these solutions resemble those reported in (Bruyneel and Duysinx, 2005;Huang and Xie, 2011;Novotny et al., 2021). Furthermore, these solutions ( Fig. 5b and Fig. 5d) are symmetric with respect to the central y−axis of the domain and thus, symmetry nature of the problem is retained. ...
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... The SIMP method has shown effectiveness in solving a broad range of optimum problems and its algorithm has been well accepted. However, the SIMP method using a given penalty exponent may result in a local optimum with "grey" regions meaning that the optimization bound is not clearly determined [18]. The HTO method has numerical instabilities such as checkerboard which is caused by the numerical calculation error, and the results is mesh-dependency. ...
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... Ref. [5]) and, finally, structural self-weight (e.g.Ref. [6]). The interesting nature of the problem of design-dependent loads in topology optimization lies in the influence of optimization process on the location, direction and magnitude of the loads. ...
... [13]) was successfully adapted to topology optimization including self-weight loads, should also be mentioned. Moreover in Ref. [6] soft-kill and hard-kill BESO (Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization), and in Ref. [10] a new Guide-Weight methods were utilized. This paper presents the application of the Cellular Automata method into the discussed subject and thus expands a set of methods considered as an alternative ...
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... Three numerical examples are taken to demonstrate the validity and efficiency of the proposed approach. The specimens are taken from the work of Garicia-Lopez et al. [8] and Huang and Xie [9]. All the models are under plane state of stress. ...
... The dimensions and support conditions of the design domain are shown in Figure 4. Due to the symmetry, only half of the design domain is discretized with 100x50 8node plane stress elements. The results are compared with the results of X.Huang et al. [9] who utilized BESO method for topological optimization. The material volume constraint is set to be 40% of the whole design domain. ...
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... Especially the results with only self-weight coincide very well with results from literature, cf. [7] for example. ...
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... Several works using BESO have already been proposed to study the influence of different types of design-dependent loads. For instance, Huang and Xie (2011) proposed an improved BESO method using an alternative material interpolation scheme to SIMP in order to study self-weight loads. Regarding the same type of loading, an efficient sensitivity computation was proposed by Ansola et al. (2006) to enhance the convergence of the algorithm and, consequently, to achieve an optimized solution. ...
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... However, the study of design-dependent loads was also performed by BESO method in the subsequent years. Focused on the study of design-dependent self-weight loads, Huang and Xie proposes a new BESO method using an alternative material interpolation to SIMP [Huang and Xie 2011]. Regarding the same type of loading, a efficient sensitivity computation was proposed by Rubén Ansola et al.. To enhance the convergence of the algorithm in order to achieve the optimum design, a correction factor was suggested to compute the sensitivities [Ansola et al. 2006]. ...
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Structural optimization has gained popularity since its first studies in the late 19th century. Over the years, due to the improvement of technology, several works have been focused on its computational implementation. Among the most popular applications, topology optimization deals with the non-homogeneous material distribution in a structure in order to optimize a given structural objective. A compliance approach is usually carried out to evaluate a topology optimization problem. Moreover, it is also considered the Optimality Criterion and SIMP as the optimization method and the material interpolation scheme, respectively. In this work, several topology optimization problems are carried out and evaluated, from a multi-objective approach, where thermal and mechanical analyses are simultaneously considered, to thermoelastic phenomena. These problems are recognized for incorporating loads that depend on the solution (in this case, thermal loads). Also known as design-dependent loads, they depend on the material layout inside the structure and their magnitude has a direct impact on the optimization process. Therefore, in the resultant topologies, the instabilities associated with this type of loading become evident. The main focus of this work consists in introducing alternative ways to prevent these issues and deal with the problems’ instability. Therefore, an alternative procedure is proposed to control the problems that arise from the mentioned analysis. An adaptation of the Evolutionary Structural Optimization (ESO) method, also known as Bi-directional ESO, is implemented and the obtained results are compared with the conventional ones. The development of a computational tool consists in an additional outcome of this work and, therefore, the mentioned methodologies are implemented considering a numerical simulation software, based on the Finite Element Method (FEM), as background. Besides the FEM analysis, the computational tool becomes capable of solving different types of topology optimization problems.
... The objective function derived from the dynamic equation in the previous section is nonmonotonic and non-linear. Although some studies [51,52] have used the standard BESO method to solve problems with the non-monotonic objective function. However, the standard BESO method is numerically unstable when solving the objective function used in this paper, and the effects of modal control and vibration suppression are not obvious. ...
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... -Body loads, which are distributed loads whose magnitudes are dependent on the location of material forming the optimized body or structure. These have for example been studied by Huang and Xie (2011), Kanno and Yamada (2017), and Fairclough et al. (2018). Most papers focus on body loads due to self-weight, but inertial, centrifugal and other types of loads may also be considered. ...
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... They proposed a new relation to calculate smoothing iterations during the optimization process that can overcome numerical instabilities in the traditional ESO. In another study on evolutionary methods, soft and hard kill in the BESO method was developed to account for self-weight (Huang and Xie, 2011). To find the optimum topology of trusses under the self-weight load, mixedinteger second-order cone programming was used by Kanno and Yamada (2017). ...
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... See also earlier work by Turteltaub and Washabaugh (1999) and recent papers (Xu et al. 2013;Holmberg et al. 2015;Félix et al. 2020). Many approaches have been proposed, such as the use of mathematical programming, heuristics methods, and optimization criteria method (Ansola et al. 2006;Huang and Xie 2011;Xu et al. 2013). To introduce these ideas, we present a simple example into one spatial dimension. ...
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... Gao and Zhang (2010) studied the thermoelasticity problem and analyzed the element stiffness and thermal stress load of the finite element model through the penalty method. Huang and Xie (2011) were concerned with the non-monotonicity of the objective function with minimal compliance problems under fixed external loads. Wang et al. (2016) developed an improved topology description function (TDF) method using the non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) interpolation scheme, which can effectively solve these three problems. ...
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... Nodal densities can be obtained using a heuristic filter similar to the one presented in BESO [71,72,73,74,75]: ...
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... Greiner and Hajela [101] used multiobjective evolutionary algorithm using reunification criterion to increase search efficiency. Huang and Xie [102] used BESO utilizing an alternative material interpolation scheme. Huang et al. [103] used BESO to optimize the topology of PBC made of two-phase composites. ...
... Ever since the seminal paper of Bendsøe and Kikuchi [1], several topology optimization methods have been developed to address the design problem, such as, the Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) [2][3][4], Evolutionary Structural Optimization (ESO) [5][6][7][8], Level set method [9][10][11], recently presented moving morphable components (MMC) [12,13] and moving morphable voids (MMV) approaches [14,15] et al. The emergence of topology optimization has provided engineers with an unprecedented opportunity for designing novel [16][17][18], robust [19][20][21] and light products [22,23]. However, often statically determinate structures yielded from traditional topology optimization methods are sensitive to local failure due to there is almost no redundant material. ...
... Other structural performance measures have been suggested such as displacement or local stress based measures [40,41], stiffness optimization with multiple materials [38,42], periodic structures (i.e. honeycomb sandwich plates) [43,44], design dependent gravitational loading [45][46][47], compliant mechanisms [48], or to maximize the structure's natural frequency [49][50][51]. This thesis is solely concerned with stiffness and volumetric-based structural topology optimization because it's the simplest form and the developed techniques apply to all of the forms. ...
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... The multi-material structure can be regarded as a continuous multiple phases, and those phases that have larger Young's modulus always have higher sensitivity numbers than that of the rest constituent phases. Moreover, the design variables are either min or 1 in soft-kill BESO [63]. With these considerations, a heuristic iteration scheme can be applied to accomplish the topological evolution for the design of multimaterial structure. ...
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... Design-dependent physics problems can be classified by the type of loads considered, for instance, volumetric or surface loads. The first refers to problems where the loads depend on the volume the body occupies in the medium, e.g., thermal expansion, self-weight loads (Deaton and Grandhi 2016;Huang and Xie 2011). The second type of design-dependent loads acts on the boundaries or surfaces of the body. ...
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... where This force distribution scheme is similar to the gravity loading scheme used by Huang and Xie (2011). A similar approach is used for defining a global torsional force vector F. For example, if a torsional moment 'T 0 ' is applied on a face, each element should be subjected to a constant angular displacement. ...
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... Self-weight loads do greatly affect on the process and result of structural optimization, and greatly change structural configuration. These are also verified by the results of continuous topology optimization considering self-weight loads [1]. ...
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... Self-weight loads do greatly affect on the process and result of structural optimization, and greatly change structural configuration. These are also verified by the results of continuous topology optimization considering self-weight loads [1]. ...
... 29 Over the last three decades, many mathematical and heuristic optimization methods have been developed. [30][31][32][33] The works related to the optimization method have dealt with the optimization of structures with an isotropic material, even in some commercial programs of FEA, 34,35 topology optimization modules are included. However, so far there does not exist a topological algorithm applied to orthotropic materials, therefore, we had to propose and implement a new topology optimization criterion. ...
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... In general, these methods can be considered gradient-based methods that rely on discrete design updates which result only in 0/1 solutions during the optimization process. Further works proved that the BESO method could efficiently solve different topology optimization problems such as for nonlinear structures [24], multiple materials design [25], natural frequencies maximization [28], self-weight loads [27] and the recents BESO applications on multiphysics [41,52,43] and multiscale [56,62,47,29,53] design problems. ...
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... Thus, the resulting topology of a structure evolves to an optimum. Although BESO was established based on this simple concept, it has been proven to be effective and reliable for various structural optimization problems [35][36][37]. In recent years, the BESO algorithm has been further extended to design the microstructures of materials with extreme mechanical properties [38,39], electromagnetic properties [30], and photonic crystals with large band gaps [40]. ...
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... A structural optimization is formulated as a mathematical programming problem with a design objective and a set of constraints, utilizing the level set models for the incremental shape changes. Huang and Xie [31] demonstrated the effectiveness and efficiency of the BESO method on the minimization compliance problem with fixed external loads. They considered the minimization of mean compliance for continuum structure subjected to design-dependent self-weight loads. ...
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... This chapter includes the recent research of the authors into various topology optimization problems (Huang and Xie 2009a;2009b;2009c;2009d;2009e;). The developed BESO algorithms can be directly applied to many practical design problems, some of which are presented in Chapter 9. ...
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