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... Later, the Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization (BESO) method, proposed by Yang et al. [3], made possible not only to remove but also add elements to the structure during the optimization process. Shortly thereafter, the so-called new BESO algorithm [4] has been used in many works, since also provides solutions for some important numerical problems, such as checkerboard pattern and mesh-dependence. All these improvements made the method even more popular and highly used in many engineering applications [5,6]. ...
... (1), and knowing that ∇p · n = 0 for the rigid wall case, the weak form can then be written as Eqn. (4). ...
... This section presents the Bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method related with acoustic problems [4,5,13,15]. The main steps of the methodology are given as follows: ...
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... Several techniques based on topology optimization have been used by researchers in recent decades, such as the Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) (Bendsøe & Sigmund, 2003), Level-Set Method (LSM) (Sethian and Wiegmann, 2000), and Bidirectional Evolutionary Structural Optimization (BESO) (Huang & Xie, 2010). Among the researches that address the subject of optimization in structural analysis with multi-material, it is possible to mention Wang and Wang (2004) for employing a multi-phase level-set model in a multi-material criteria domain. ...
... In standard approaches, topology optimization is used to adjust some design parameters to achieve some objectives, such as minimum volume, without violating certain constraints that usually is found in engineering problems. According to Huang and Xie (2010), for the stiffness optimization of structures with multiple materials, it is assumed that the elasticity moduli of different materials ( ) are ranked 1 , 2 , ⋯ , , ⋯ , ...
... As for the addition or removal of the elemental material by the ESO method, this occurs through numerical analysis of the sensitivity number -Equation (3). Thus, for the case of a standard ESO multi-material, the sensitivity number for stiffness optimization is expressed as a function of the elemental compliance, an inverse measure of the importance of the element to the overall stiffness of the member, as described in Huang and Xie, 2010. ...
... Although topology optimization has good prospects, it is recognized as the most difficult task in the field of structural design. Specifically, topology optimization finds optimal models by determining the best locations and geometry of cavities in the [1]. Topology optimization is performed using the results of a finite element analysis (FEA). ...
... A topology optimization problem aims to minimize compliance, while meeting various constraints, such as a given amount of material, weight, manufacturing requirements, costs, etc., Huang and Xie, [2010] [1]. The most comprehensive goal in topological optimization is to minimize compliance, equation (1). ...
... A topology optimization problem aims to minimize compliance, while meeting various constraints, such as a given amount of material, weight, manufacturing requirements, costs, etc., Huang and Xie, [2010] [1]. The most comprehensive goal in topological optimization is to minimize compliance, equation (1). ...
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... Topology optimisation originated in the work of Michell who proposed criteria for the generation of optimal frame structures [21]. More recently, the field has advanced with the work of Bendsøe & Kikuchi in 1988 with the introduction of the "homogenisation method" of topology optimisation [22]: solid isotopic material with penalisation (SIMP) [23], evolutionary structural optimisation (ESO) [24], bi-directional evolutionary structural optimisation (BESO) [24], level-set method [25], and ground structure method [26] (Figure 2). Commonly, topology optimisation (TO) requires some form of design domain discretisation. ...
... Topology optimisation originated in the work of Michell who proposed criteria for the generation of optimal frame structures [21]. More recently, the field has advanced with the work of Bendsøe & Kikuchi in 1988 with the introduction of the "homogenisation method" of topology optimisation [22]: solid isotopic material with penalisation (SIMP) [23], evolutionary structural optimisation (ESO) [24], bi-directional evolutionary structural optimisation (BESO) [24], level-set method [25], and ground structure method [26] (Figure 2). Commonly, topology optimisation (TO) requires some form of design domain discretisation. ...
... This research applies the BESO method as a basis for the design of truss structures; however, any TO methods which are applied in a similar manner as BESO can be used with the proposed method. The underlying BESO MATLAB script used in this work can be found in [24]. Discussion of the theory behind topology optimisation or the implementation of the BESO method is beyond the scope of this work; however, interested readers can find more information in [24]. ...
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... The goal of TO is to determine the optimal distribution of the material within a given design domain under prescribed requirements. Since its introduction in the late 1980s [9], numerous aproaches have been proposed in the literature [10,11], as the homogenization method [9,12], Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) method [10,13], Level Set Method (LSM) [14,15], Moving Morphable Components (MMC) method [16], Evolutionary Structural Optimization (ESO) method [17], and its improved version, i.e., the Bi-directional ESO [18,19] method. ...
... The computation of the derivatives of both objective and constraint functions with respect to the design variables is needed to solve problem (19) through a deterministic algorithm. This task is achieved by exploiting the local support property of Equation (9). ...
... Moreover, the Globally-Convergent Method of Moving Asymptotes (GC-MMA) algorithm [42] has been used to perform the solution search for the constrained non-linear programming problem (CNLPP) of Equation (19). The parameters governing the behavior of the the GC-MMA algorithm are given in Table 1. ...
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... To improve the performance and robustness of the ESO method, the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method allows void elements to be readmitted during the form-finding process. [17][18][19]. The solid isotropic material with penalization (SIMP) method gradually changes the elemental properties between solid and void with material interpolation schemes [20,21]. ...
... where the compliance C is equal to the work of external force, U the global displacement vector, K the global stiffness matrix, F the force vector, i v the elemental volume, f v the target volume fraction of rib material, and min ρ a non-zero design variable to avoid singularity [17,20]. The sensitivity of each element is calculated as (no negative sign for BESO): ...
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... Further, to optimize the elastic tensor of scaffolds, the SIMP method is applied (Sturm et al., 2010). Besides, through the use of ESO-based topology optimization, a series of unit cells exhibiting maximum shear and bulk modulus with predefined stiffness ratios and functionally graded structure were obtained (Huang and Xie, 2010). ...
... The rutile and anatase phases present in the TiO 2 layer showed the capability of formation of HA deposit, an ECM component of natural bone that promotes bone regrowth and improved osseointegration (de Jonge et al., 2008). An evenly distributed and well separated pore with a maximum of 1 μm in diameter was observed on the porous TiO 2 layer when anodization was carried out in the presence of H 2 SO 4 and H 3 PO 4 (Xie et al., 2010). On the other hand, anodization in the presence of acetic acid (CH 3 COOH) led to the formation of a much more heterogeneous surface, with larger craters and grooves roughly 200 μm in size. ...
... Therefore, the BESO strategy differs from the ESO method, in terms of the criterion to update the stiffness tensor of each element: instead of using the stress state as indicator of rejection, the displacement field is used. The method has been reformulated in [21,22], by adding features to obtain mesh-independent results, without checker-board pattern and by introducing a sensitivity number averaging method to speed up convergence. The works on ESO and BESO methods mentioned above make use of the socalled hard-kill technique to remove/add elements. ...
... To this purpose, the STL file has been elaborated in CATIA ® environment and it has been manually split in 4 patches for an overall number of N = 4151 TPs, as indicated in Tab. 7. 1. The results of the SPM to get the surface parametrisation (for each patch) are illustrated in Fig. 7.21, while the TPs cloud and the optimal NURBS surfaces at the end of the MEP and of the DOP are shown in Fig. 7. 22. ...
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... In this section, a topological optimization is presented for maximizing the fracture resistance of elastoplastic anisotropic material described in Section 2. The method is based on the BESO method [71][72][73]. In the proposed procedure, the fracture resistance is defined as the cumulative external work of the structure for a complete loading, from the initiation of cracks to failure, under the constraint of material volume fraction. ...
... containing the discrete values for all elements of the mesh is defined. Following the well-known BESO formulation [71], the design variables take the values ∈ [0; 1], = 1 for solid material, whereas = 0 corresponds to voids. For stability considerations, displacement-controlled loading is adopted. ...
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... It should be noted that the BESO method performs iterative optimization through an important parameter called the evolutionary rate ER whose value is normally set to 2% [8]. For the SGA-BESO method, the main control parameters are the minimum and maximum values of P c and P m (i.e., P c_min , P c_max , and P m_min and P m_max ). ...
... where τ is the allowable convergence limit (set to 0.1% in this paper). Equation (8) indicates that the change in structural compliance over the last 10 iterations is sufficiently small. Table 1 shows all the final results obtained from the three methods. ...
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... To normalize the stiffness distribution and smooth the jagged surfaces, we introduce the filter scheme into the shape optimization. The filter scheme is based on the digital image processing technique, which has been generally used in topology optimization to suppress the phenomenon of checkerboard and mesh dependency [32,33]. In shape optimization, only double filter schemes are effective to normalize the strongly nonlinear behavior of beam elements. ...
... (10), otherwise continue step 2 until the convergence criterion is satisfied. Herein, the convergence criterion referring to the literature [32] is defined:  = (16) where change1 and change 2 denote the differences in compliance and volume. M=10 is used to ensure the stability of the compliance at least in 20 iterations. 1  and 2  represent the allowable convergence error, which is used to measure if the convergency is reached. ...
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... A method using a graphic diversity measure was proposed to generate diverse solutions for topology optimization based on the solid isotropic material with penalization (SIMP) method [3,33]. Some simple and effective strategies for achieving diverse and competitive structure designs were proposed based on the bidirectional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method [17,16,34]. ...
... 11b and 11c. If there is no penalty for the length of any member, the optimized structure is shown in Fig. 11d, and its volume is 16 show that by penalizing a bar, the number of nodes and bars of the optimized structure can also be reduced without affecting the volume to an unacceptable level. Therefore, a diversified design can be obtained by penalizing one certain bar. ...
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... This smoothing approach is somehow similar with the one used in BESO in order to smooth the sensitivity numbers [30] to perform the removal/adding of elements. ...
... In order to obtain conclusions about the quality of structure configuration, these are to be compared with structures obtained with a BESO [30,33,34] approach on structural optimization. ...
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... Further, to optimize the elastic tensor of scaffolds, the SIMP method is applied (Sturm et al., 2010). Besides, through the use of ESO-based topology optimization, a series of unit cells exhibiting maximum shear and bulk modulus with predefined stiffness ratios and functionally graded structure were obtained (Huang and Xie, 2010). ...
... The rutile and anatase phases present in the TiO 2 layer showed the capability of formation of HA deposit, an ECM component of natural bone that promotes bone regrowth and improved osseointegration (de Jonge et al., 2008). An evenly distributed and well separated pore with a maximum of 1 μm in diameter was observed on the porous TiO 2 layer when anodization was carried out in the presence of H 2 SO 4 and H 3 PO 4 (Xie et al., 2010). On the other hand, anodization in the presence of acetic acid (CH 3 COOH) led to the formation of a much more heterogeneous surface, with larger craters and grooves roughly 200 μm in size. ...
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... BESO enables the previously deleted elements to be recovered [28,32]. Both ESO and BESO are easily interfaced with commercial FE codes and can resolve problems from many disciplines, e.g., civil, mechanical and aerospace [33]. The typical statement of problem using BESO is stated as: ...
... However, the raw elemental sensitivity numbers of void elements are set to zero in [23]. Though Xia et al. [23] used the so-called soft-kill BESO method [33], the stress values of void elements were not taken into account. Thus, it is deduced that these two factors are responsible for the poor convergence of the method proposed in [23] in the framework of the conventional BESO method. ...
... Built upon the ESO, the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method is an improvement of the ESO, which not only gradually removes inefficient elements but also allows efficient elements to be added to the structure [13][14][15]. Since there are only two states of solid or void for each clement in the ESO/BESO method, the structural boundary obtained is clear and unambiguous [16]. ...
... In this way, these two variables can describe each element's structural layout and material properties. According to relevant research [16], when p > 3, there is little difference between the results obtained by the soft-kill BESO method (with soft elements) and the hard-kill BESO method (with no soft element). However, the purpose of introducing soft material as void elements is to realize the bidirectional change of elements, including the change from void to solid elements and the change from solid to void elements. ...
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... A otimização topológica de estruturas não lineares requer mais tempo computacional do que o requerido para uma análise linear. A eficiência computacional, para tais situações, é considerada um caso crítico, especialmente para análises tridimensionais (Huang and Xie, 2010). ...
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... Afterwards, they were considered as the discrete version of the standard SIMP scheme (Sigmund and Maute, 2013). Nowadays evolutionary approaches are still being improved (Huang and Xie, 2010) and are part of several commercial software due to their simplicity to be utilized with finite element software (Deaton and Grandhi, 2014 ...
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... As a material layout design method, topology optimization allows the full potential of materials to be exploited (Bendsøe and Kikuchi 1988), meanwhile maintaining a rigorous mathematical expression. It has been widely employed in engineering structure design (Huang and Xie 2010), especially in the design of aircraft and aerospace structures (Zhu et al. 2016). As of today, the approaches of topology optimization have been developed into two main branches. ...
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... We briefly reviewed the development of BESO from the most primitive ESO to the current generally popular version. One may refer to the monograph of BESO written by Huang and Xie [151] for more details of this approach, and refer to a comprehensive review raised by Xia et al. [404] for recent advances of the approach. We can list a series of literature in which the BESO approach has always been redefined for solving various problems, such as stiffness and natural frequency optimization [152,156], periodic structure [153], multiple materials [155,143], multiple constraints [154], to name a few. ...
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... In 1999, Yang et al. [2] modified the ESO technique by allowing not only material removal, but also addition to the design domain. After a series of modifications that included sensitivity filters [3] and material interpolation schemes [4], Huang and Xie [5] proposed the new BESO approach, being extensively used ever since. ...
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... An extension of the ESO method is the wellknown Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimisation (BESO) [14]. Later, the BESO approach has been reformulated in [15,16], by adding features to obtain mesh-independent results, without checker-board pattern and by introducing a sensitivity number averaging method to speed up convergence. Recently, new evolutionarybased procedures for TO have been developed in the framework of the level-set method (LSM) to obtain smooth topology boundary [17]. ...
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... TO basically aims to achieve the best material distribution to maximize the stiffness-to-weight ratio by minimizing the total strain energy (i.e., compliance) while considering predefined design constraints such as stress and/or volume fraction constraints. Various TO methods have been developed such as solid isotropic material with penalization (SIMP) [2], level-set methods [3,4], the evolutionary structural optimization (ESO) [5], and the bidirectional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) [6,7]. The design variables are set only binary values of 0 or 1 in the ESO and BESO method, and these values correspond to void and solid materials respectively. ...
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... There exist numerous pedagogical TO MATLAB codes online in Sigmund 2001;Suresh 2010;Challis 2010;Huang and Xie 2010;Andreassen et al. 2011;Saxena 2011;Talischi et al. 2012b;Wei et al. 2018;Ferrari and Sigmund 2020;Picelli et al. 2020 that can help a user to learn and explore various optimization techniques. In addition, one may refer to the articles by Han et al. (2021a); Wang et al. (2021) for a comprehensive list of TO educational codes. ...
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