Topology optimization of structure for dynamic properties considering hybrid uncertain parameters

Z. C. He, Y. Wu, Eric Li

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In the design and manufacturing of mechanical components, the dynamic properties of continuum structure are one of the most significant performances. At the same time, the uncertainty is widespread in these dynamic problems. This paper presents a robust topology optimization methodology of structure for dynamic properties with consideration of hybrid uncertain parameters. The imprecise probability uncertainties including materials, geometry and boundary condition are treated as an interval random model, in which the probability distribution parameters of random variables are modeled as the interval variables instead of given precise values. Two dynamic properties, including dynamic-compliance and eigenvalue, are chosen as the objective function. In addition, different excitation frequency or eigenvalue is discussed. In this work, the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method is adopted to find the optimal robust layout of the structure. A series of numerical examples is presented to illustrate the optimization procedure, and the effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated clearly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-638
Number of pages14
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number2
Early online date7 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018


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