Dynamic multiscale topology optimization for multi-regional micro-structured cellular composites

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Composite Structures, 2019, 211 pp. 401 - 417
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd In this paper, a new dynamic multiscale topology optimization method for cellular composites with multi-regional material microstructures is proposed to improve the structural performance. Firstly, a free-material distribution optimization method (FMDO) is developed to generate the overall configuration for the discrete element densities distributed within a multi-regional pattern. The macrostructure is divided into several sub regions, and each of them consists of a number of elements but with the same densities. Secondly, a dynamic topology optimization formulation is developed to perform the concurrent design of the macrostructure and material microstructures, subject to the multi-regional distributed element densities. A parametric level set method is employed to optimize the topologies of the macrostructure and material microstructures, with the effective macroscopic properties evaluated by the homogenization. In the numerical implementation, the quasi-static Ritz vector (QSRV) method is incorporated into the finite element analysis so as to reduce the computational cost in numerical analysis, and some kinematical connectors are introduced to make sure the connectivity between adjacent material microstructures. Finally, 2D and 3D numerical examples are tested to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed dynamic multiscale topology optimization method for the material-structural composites.
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