Three-dimensional structural topology optimization of an aircraft wing using level set methods

Kai A. James, Joaquim R.R.A. Martins

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Abstract

A three-dimensional structural topology optimization framework is applied to the problem of aircraft wing design. The approach presented is unique in that the working domain of the design problem is given by the full three-dimensional region inside the wing skin, with no assumptions being made with regard to the number, location or orientation of the structural members. The wing is modelled as an elongated cantilever beam with a taper ratio of 0.7 in both chord and thickness. Distributed, pressure-type loading is applied to the top and bottom surfaces. The optimization is performed using a level set method, with advection velocities given by classical shape sensitivity information along the material boundary. We also devise a method for enforcing local stress constraints that accounts for the void regions associated with topology optimization problems and is consistent with the level set approach used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, MAO
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, MAO - Victoria, BC, Canada
Duration: Sep 10 2008Sep 12 2008

Publication series

Name12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, MAO

Other

Other12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, MAO
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVictoria, BC
Period9/10/089/12/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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