A geometric representation scheme suitable for shape optimization*†

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A geometric representation scheme that utilizes the natural design variable concept is outlined. A base configuration with distinct topological features is created. This configuration is then deformed to define components with similar topologies and different geometries. The values of the deforming loads are the geometric entities used in shape representation. The representation can be used for various geometric design studies. In this paper, it is demonstrated for structural optimization. This technique can be used in parametric design studies, where the system response is defined as functions of geometric entities. It can also be used in shape optimization, where the geometric entities of an original design are modified to maximize performance and satisfy constraints. To perform the shape change analysis, a total-Lagrangian approach is used to reduce com.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-121
Number of pages27
JournalMechanics of Structures and Machines
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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