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(Reference retrieved automatically from Web of Science through information on FAPESP grant and its corresponding number as mentioned in the publication by the authors.)

An algorithm for the topology optimization of geometrically nonlinear structures

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Author(s):
Gomes, Francisco A. M. [1] ; Senne, Thadeu A. [2]
Total Authors: 2
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, IMECC, Dept Matemat Aplicada, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Triangulo Mineiro, ICTE, Dept Matemat Aplicada, Uberaba, MG - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING; v. 99, n. 6, p. 391-409, AUG 10 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 8
Abstract

Most papers on topology optimization consider that there is a linear relation between the strains and displacements of the structure, implicitly assuming that the displacements of the structure are small. However, when the external loads applied to the structure are large, the displacements also become large, so it is necessary to suppose that there is a nonlinear relation between strains and displacements. In this case, we say that the structure is geometrically nonlinear. In practice, this means that the linear system that needs to be solved each time the objective function of the problem is evaluated is replaced by an ill-conditioned nonlinear system of equations. Moreover, the stiffness matrix and the derivatives of the problem also become harder to compute. The objective of this work is to solve topology optimization problems under large displacements through a new optimization algorithm, named sequential piecewise linear programming. This method relies on the solution of convex piecewise linear programming subproblems that include second order information about the objective function. To speed up the algorithm, these subproblems are converted into linear programming ones. The new algorithm is not only globally convergent to stationary points but our numerical experiments also show that it is efficient and robust. Copyright (C) 2014 John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 06/53768-0 - Computational methods of optimization
Grantee:José Mário Martinez Perez
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants