Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 125–141 | Cite as

On an alternative approach to stress constraints relaxation in topology optimization

  • Matteo Bruggi
Research Paper


The paper deals with the imposition of local stress constraints in topology optimization. The aim of the work is to analyze the performances of an alternative methodology to the ε-relaxation introduced in Cheng and Guo (Struct Optim 13:258–266, 1997), which handles the well-known stress singularity problem. The proposed methodology consists in introducing, in the SIMP law used to apply stress constraints, suitable penalty exponents that are different from those that interpolate stiffness parameters. The approach is similar to the classical one because its main effect is to produce a relaxation of the stress constraints, but it is different in terms of convergence features. The technique is compared with the classical one in the context of stress-constrained minimum-weight topology optimization. Firstly, the problem is studied in a modified truss design framework, where the arising of the singularity phenomenon can be easily shown analytically. Afterwards, the analysis is extended to its natural context of topology bidimensional problems.


Topology optimization Stress constraints ε-relaxation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural MechanicsUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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