Robust topology optimization for cellular composites with hybrid uncertainties

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International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2018, 115 (6), pp. 695 - 713
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Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This paper will develop a new robust topology optimization method for the concurrent design of cellular composites with an array of identical microstructures subject to random-interval hybrid uncertainties. A concurrent topology optimization framework is formulated to optimize both the composite macrostructure and the material microstructure. The robust objective function is defined based on the interval mean and interval variance of the corresponding objective function. A new uncertain propagation approach, termed as a hybrid univariate dimension reduction method, is proposed to estimate the interval mean and variance. The sensitivity information of the robust objective function can be obtained after the uncertainty analysis. Several numerical examples are used to validate the effectiveness of the proposed robust topology optimization method.
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