Topological shape optimization design of continuum structures via an effective level set method

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Cogent Engineering, 2016, 3 (1)
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© 2016 The Author(s). This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license. This paper proposes a new level set method for topological shape optimization of continuum structure using radial basis function (RBF) and discrete wavelet transform (DWT). The boundary of the structure is implicitly represented as the zero level set of a higher-dimensional level set function. The interpolation of the implicit surface using RBF is introduced to decouple the spatial and temporal dependence of the level set function. In doing so, the Hamilton-Jacobi partial differential equation (PDE) that defines the motion of the level set function is transformed into an explicit parametric form, without requiring the direct solution of the complicated PDE using the finite difference method. Therefore, many more efficient gradient-based optimization algorithms can be applied to solve the optimization problem, via updating the expansion coefficients of the interpolant and then evolving the level set function and the boundary. Furthermore, the DWT is employed to handle the full matrix arising from the globally supported RBF interpolation. Several high stiffness but lightweight designs with smooth and clear structural boundaries are optimized and presented. The numerical results show that the proposed method can remarkably increase the efficiency in the topology optimization design of both the 2D and 3D structures.
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