An adaptive method for high-resolution topology design

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Acta Mechanica Sinica/Lixue Xuebao, 2013, 29 (6), pp. 840 - 850
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For the purpose of achieving high-resolution optimal solutions this paper proposes a nodal design variable-based adaptive method for topology optimization of continuum structures. The analysis mesh-independent density field, interpolated by the nodal design variables at a given set of density points, is adaptively refined/coarsened according to a criterion regarding the gray-scale measure of local regions. New density points are added into the gray regions and redundant ones are removed from the regions occupied by purely solid/void phases for decreasing the number of design variables. A penalization factor adaptivity technique is employed to prevent premature convergence of the optimization iterations. Such an adaptive scheme not only improves the structural boundary description quality, but also allows for sufficient further topological evolution of the structural layout in higher adaptivity levels and thus essentially enables high-resolution solutions. Moreover, compared with the case with uniformly and finely distributed density points, the proposed adaptive method can achieve a higher numerical efficiency of the optimization process. © 2013 The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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