Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 941–957 | Cite as

Optimization of a butterfly valve disc using 3D topology and genetic algorithms

  • S. Corbera Caraballo
  • J. L. Olazagoitia Rodríguez
  • J. A. Lozano Ruiz
  • R. Álvarez Fernández
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Abstract

Butterfly valves are a mechanical component used to regulate flow and pressure on a variety of tanks and pipeline systems. The design of this flow-control device needs to consider its structural performance as well as the flow of the fluid. In this sense, simulation and optimization tools play an important role in a butterfly valve successful development. This paper presents a global optimization of the disc of a butterfly valve by the combination of topology and shape optimization techniques. Topology optimization is employed during concept design stage to evaluate the best material distribution from a structural performance point of view. Then, based on the topology optimization results, a shape optimization, managed by Genetic Algorithms (GAs), is conducted considering structural and fluid dynamics at the same time. The results demonstrate the suitability of the proposed approach to obtain a light butterfly valve disc which satisfies the structural safety and the flow requirements.

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Keywords

Butterfly valve Topology optimization Genetic algorithms Computational fluid dynamics Static structural 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Corbera Caraballo
    • 1
  • J. L. Olazagoitia Rodríguez
    • 2
  • J. A. Lozano Ruiz
    • 3
  • R. Álvarez Fernández
    • 2
  1. 1.Cátedra Nebrija Santander Green Surface TransportUniversidad NebrijaMadridSpain
  2. 2.Escuela Politécnica Superior y de ArquitecturaUniversidad NebrijaMadridSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Química y Diseño Industrial. ETS de Ingeniería y Diseño IndustrialUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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