An efficient method for topology optimization of continuum structures in the presence of uncertainty in loading direction
Published on Oct 1, 2017in International Journal of Computational Methods2.193
· DOI :10.1142/S0219876217500542
This paper presents a simple yet efficient method for the topology optimization of continuum structures considering interval uncertainties in loading directions. Interval mathematics is employed to equivalently transform the uncertain topology optimization problem into a deterministic one with multiple load cases. An efficient soft-kill bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method is proposed to solve the problem, which only requires two finite element analyses per iteration for each external load with directional uncertainty regardless of the number of the multiple load cases. The presented algorithm leads to significant computational savings when compared with Monte Carlo-based optimization (MCBO) algorithms. A series of numerical examples including symmetric and nonsymmetric loading variations demonstrate the considerable improvement of computational efficiency of the proposed approach as well as the significance of including uncertainties in topology optimization when to design a structure. Optimums obtained from the proposed algorithm are verified by MCBO method.