Acta Geotechnica

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 41–49 | Cite as

Structural optimization in geotechnical engineering: basics and application

Research Paper


Structural optimization methods are used for a wide range of engineering problems. In geotechnical engineering however, only limited experience exists with these methods. The difficulties in applying such methods to geotechnical problems are discussed in this paper, and the adaption of the commonly known SIMP-method to geotechnical problems is introduced for a special case. An application example is used to present the potential of topology optimization methods, and the application to geotechnical engineering is evaluated.


Geotechnic Hypoplasticity Optimization Topology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction ManagementHamburg University of TechnologyHamburgGermany

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