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Topological optimization design of structures under random excitations using SQP method

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More and more stringent structural performance requirements are imposed in advanced engineering application, only a limited number of works have been devoted to the topology optimization of the structures with random vibration response requirements. In this study, the topology optimization problem with the objective function being the structural weight and the constraint functions being structural random vibration responses is investigated. An approximate topological optimization model for suppressing ‘localized modes’ of vibrating Cauchy solids is established in this paper. Based on moving asymptotes approximate functions, approximated-approximations expressions of the dynamic responses are constructed. In order to control the change quantity of topologic design variables, new dynamic response constraint limits are formed and introduced into the optimization model at the beginning of each sub-loop iteration. Then, an optimization sequential quadratic programming is introduced, and a set of iteration formulas for Lagrange multipliers is developed. Two examples are provided to demonstrate that the proposed method is feasible and effective for obtaining optimal topology.

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... Representative works were mostly limited to problems with a small number of degrees of freedom (DOFs). For example, Rong et al. [7,8] optimized the structural topology using the ESO method with stationary random responses constrained in design. Zhang et al. [9] dealt with topology optimization of multi-component structures under both static loads and stationary random excitations using density method. ...
... The beam structure has a size of 0. Here, the first l = 30 modes are employed in both examples. Notice that Structure 1 represents the common problem studied previously with a discretization of about thousands of DOFs [7][8][9]15]. Structure 2 is adopted to illustrate large-scale problems of huge numbers of DOFs that are rarely studied in dynamic topology optimization. ...
... Other problems with the similar order of DOFs can also be found in [7][8][9]15]. Therefore, both the conventional PEM and the improved PEM are effective when the number of DOFs is small. ...
... Rong et. al.[91] proposed a new topology optimization model which suppress the localized modes of vibrating structures which originates from low stiffness regions during optimizatation of material distribution.The 2D material distribution was obtained under random vibraiton load and response constraints for limited material volume fraction. ...
... al.[90] shows the effectiveness of topology optimization compared to modal strain energy method.Rong et. al.[91] finds 2D material distribution under dynamic loads. Chen and Liu ...
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... Generally, for most application it can be chosen as a k 2 ½0; 1. If L is introduced as the average scale of the problem of interest, c can be chosen as 1= ffiffi ffi L p [46][47][48][49]. It should be considered that the order of computation cost of the FA is OðN 2 G N I Þ. ...
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... Being referred to the varied constraint limit approach in Refs. [26][27][28], the original optimization model (6) is transferred into the approximate model (12), which replaces the model (10). ...
... If the conventional dual method in Refs. [26][27][28] is adopted to solve the Lagrange multipliers, the second order matrix of the dual programming may become an ill matrix, so that it is very difficult to obtain the Lagrange multipliers. Here, a smooth dual solving method is proposed to solve the approximate sub-problem. ...
... Being referred to the varied constraint limit approach in Refs. [26][27][28], the original optimization model (6) is transferred into the approximate model (12), which replaces the model (10). ...
... If the conventional dual method in Refs. [26][27][28] is adopted to solve the Lagrange multipliers, the second order matrix of the dual programming may become an ill matrix, so that it is very difficult to obtain the Lagrange multipliers. Here, a smooth dual solving method is proposed to solve the approximate sub-problem. ...
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... Being referred to the varied constraint limit approach in Refs. [26][27][28], the original optimization model (6) is transferred into the approximate model (12), which replaces the model (10). 8 ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ < ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ : min W V s:t: Q f r where ...
... However, because there are design variable small trust regions x k;L v 6 x v 6 x k;U v , there may be many non-active design variables in the model (34). If the conventional dual method in Refs.[26][27][28]is adopted to solve the Lagrange multipliers, the second order matrix of the dual programming may become an ill matrix, so that it is very difficult to obtain the Lagrange multipliers. Here, a smooth dual solving method is proposed to solve the approximate sub-problem. ...
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... Compared with other nonlinear programming problems, QP problems are more attractive. Etman et al. [15] transformed the sequential convex programming subproblem into a Newton Lagrange QP subproblem, and Rong et al. [16] directly used the Hessian matrix in the MMA subproblem to construct the quadratic programming subproblem. In practice, the Hessian matrix of most optimization problems is difficult to calculate. ...
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... Gomez and Spencer (2019) also developed a topology optimization framework for linear structures subjected to stationary filter white noise excitation by integration of MMA, SIMP and the Lyapunov moment equation method. More literatures on the topology optimization of linear structures under stationary random excitation can be found in (Rong et al. 2013;Zhang et al. 2015;Chun et al. 2016;He et al. 2019;Zhao et al. 2021). However, to the best knowledge of the authors, there has been no report on the topology optimization of nonlinear structures exposed to random excitation, especially in the presence of non-stationary random excitation. ...
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... Zhang et al. (2012) performed topology optimization for multi-component structures subjected to stationary stochastic excitations based on the density-based approach. Rong et al. (2013) further studied topology optimization under stationary stochastic response constraints using the Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP) method. However, all these works employed the conventional Complete Quadratic Combination (CQC) method (Wilson, Der Kiureghian, and Bayo 1981) to evaluate the variance of the stationary random responses in the topology optimization process. ...
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... Recently, topology optimisation subject to random excitations has attracted more and more attention due to the practical engineering requirements for complex working conditions, such as seismic hazards and wind damages. For example, the topology optimisation for continuum structures (Zhang et al., 2015;Yang et al., 2017;Bobby et al., 2017;Rong et al., 2013) and outriggers applied in structures under stationary random excitations are studied. To meet the actual working conditions, the layout optimisation of multi-component structures considered both static loads and white noise stochastic loads is investigated (Zhang et al., 2012). ...
... Recently, topology optimisation subject to random excitations has attracted more and more attention due to the practical engineering requirements for complex working conditions, such as seismic hazards and wind damages. For example, the topology optimisation for continuum structures (Zhang et al., 2015;Yang et al., 2017;Bobby et al., 2017;Rong et al., 2013) and outriggers applied in structures under stationary random excitations are studied. To meet the actual working conditions, the layout optimisation of multi-component structures considered both static loads and white noise stochastic loads is investigated (Zhang et al., 2012). ...
... In order to ensure the safety of engineering structure, it is necessary to consider the dynamic effect in topology optimization. Up to now, most dynamic topology optimizations dealt with the dynamic compliance minimization or dynamic displacement response minimization of continuum structure [13][14][15][16]. Recently, Zhao et al. proposed a methodology for maximizing dynamic stress response reliability of continuum structures involving multi-phase materials on the macro scale [17]. ...
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... Zhang and Kang et al. investigated the optimal distribution of damping material in vibrating structures [31,32]. Rong et al. investigated continuum structural topological optimization with dynamic displacement response constraints under random excitations [33]. Zhang et al. researched structural topology optimization related to dynamic responses under stationary random force excitation by integrating the pseudo excitation method (PEM) with mode acceleration method (MAM) [34]. ...
... Although the compliance minimization problem with a density filter is a convex problem for the penalization power exponent p = 1 [31,37], a lot of example simulations made by using a MMA approximated-approximation [56] for the compliance have illustrated that the approximate twoorder derivatives of structural compliance with respect to design variables at some design points with partial small relative density variable values for the penalization power exponent p > 1 [48,49,[57][58][59][60][61], may be negative. And the smooth Heaviside projections inherently possess a nonlinear property. ...
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... In the element-based topology optimization method, the optimization procedure is to find the topology of a structure by determining for every point in the design domain whether there should be material (solid element) or not (void element). This type of method including homogenization method ( [3]), solid isotropic material with penalization (SIMP) method ( [4,8]), evolutionary structural optimization (ESO) method ( [6]), and its improved algorithm C bidirectional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method ( [9][10][11][12]) has tackled various problems, including uncertain design ( [13][14][15][16][17]), dynamic problems ( [18][19][20]), and designing metamaterials ( [21]). The aforementioned elementbased topology optimization methods have applications successfully in a number of fields. ...
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... The optimization presented in Equation (3) can be solved by utilizing many methods, e.g., the method of moving asymptotes (MMA) [43], optimality criterion (OC) method [44], linear or sequential quadratic programming methods [45,46], the ESO method [47,48], etc. In this study, Solid Isotropic Material with Penalty (SIMP)and OC methods were used to optimize the AS, in which OC is the solver. ...
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... On one hand, considerable effort has been made for the frequency optimization with a single excitation frequency by minimizing the dynamic compliance [42][43][44][45][46][47]. On the other hand, it is also important to improve dynamic performance for a structure that is subject to an excitation frequency range [48][49][50][51][52]. Particularly, when the excitation force is within a wide frequency range, the model reduction (MR) technique [48,49,52] is often required to reduce the degree of freedoms of the finite element (FE) system, so as to alleviate the prohibitive computation cost caused by the repetitive FE simulations during each iteration. ...
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... This method has been widely applied in the structural dynamics 56,57 and topology optimization. [58][59][60][61] We will investigate its performance in the topology optimization for acoustic-structure interaction problems. Some basic formulations are presented here. ...
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... Meanwhile, the existing results have mainly focused on the topology optimization under random force excitations. For example, Rong 17 and Rong 18 et al. presented the topology optimization of continuous structures using ESO method where stationary random responses were regarded as design constraints. Yang et al. 19 studied the topology optimization under static loads and narrow-band random excitations, where the static and dynamic response analyses were processed independently without any superposition. ...
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... The optimization presented in Eq. (3) can be solved by utilizing many methods, e.g., the method of moving asymptotes (MMA) [40], optimality criterion (OC) method [41], linear or sequential quadratic programming method [42][43][44], and ESO method [45], et al. ...
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... Yoon [54] compared the performances of different MR schemes in dynamic structural analysis. More recently, Shu et al. [55], Rong et al. [56] and Liu et al. [57] also investigated the frequency response optimization problems subject to excitation frequency ranges. Nevertheless, most studies are based on the elemental density distribution approaches, which may have difficulties in capturing the structural boundary in geometry. ...
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... Kang et al. investigated the optimal distribution of damping material in vibrating structures subject to harmonic excitations by using topology optimization method (Kang et al. 2012). Rong et al. investigated continuum structural topological optimization with dynamic displacement response constraints under random excitations (Rong et al. 2013). Xu et al. proposed a methodology for maximizing the dynamic response reliability of continuum structures involving multi-phase materials Xu et al. 2016). ...
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... Only a limited number of works have been devoted to the topology optimization of the structures with random excitation. Rong et al. [15] used the ESO method and the sequential quadratic programming (SQP) method to optimize continuum structures under random excitations. Zhang et al. [16] investigated the optimal placements of the components and the configuration of the structure to improve the structural static and random dynamic responses simultaneously. ...
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... In fact, a number of investigations have been made by integrating random vibration theories with topology optimization. Rong et al. (2000;2013) used the evolutionary structural optimization method and sequential quadratic programming to get optimal topology designs of continuum structures subjected to stationary stochastic excitations. Zhang et al. (2012) studied the topology optimization problem of multicomponent structures subjected to static and stationary stochastic excitations. ...
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... Although the sparsity pattern of A and sparse direct solver are considered, the solution of Ax = b is still computationally expensive. A more efficient solution technique is to map the system equations of the finite element model into a reduced space, which has been widely applied in topology optimization (e.g., Zhang and Kang 2013;Rong et al. 2013;Liu et al. 2015;Zhu et al. 2017). ...
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