The course covers fundamentals of structural optimization in terms of the optimal design of topology, shape, size and material for discrete and continuous representations of structures. It develops skills to formally state and model structural design tasks as optimization problems and select appropriate methods to solve them.
The course covers fundamentals of structural optimization in terms of the optimal design of topology, shape, size and material for discrete and continuous representations of structures. After taking the course students will be able to express structural design problems as formal optimization problems. Students will also be able to select and apply a suitable optimization method given the nature of the optimization model. They will understand the foundations of the state-of-the art structural optimization methods in order to design more efficient and performance optimized technical products. The exercises are MATLAB based.
- Topology optimization of truss structures - Topology optimization by distribution of isotropic material - Structural optimization for additive manufacture
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Suggested literature: Haftka, R. T., & Gürdal, Z. (2012). Elements of structural optimization (Vol. 11). Springer Science & Business Media. Bendsøe, M. P., & Sigmund, O. (2004). Optimization of structural topology, shape, and material (Vol. 414). Berlin etc: Springer.
Prerequisites / Notice
There are no direct prerequisites for taking this course. However, prior knowledge regarding the fundamentals of mathematical programming methods and structural analysis is advisable.
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