Structural optimization

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 71–78 | Cite as

Generalized topology design of structures with a buckling load criterion

  • M. M. Neves
  • H. Rodrigues
  • J. M. Guedes
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Material based models for topology optimization of linear elastic solids with a low volume constraint generate very slender structures composed mainly of bars and beam elements. For this type of structure the value of the buckling critical load becomes one of the most important design criteria and so its control is very important for meaningful practical designs. This paper tries to address this problem, presenting an approach to introduce the possibility of critical load control into the topology optimization model.

Using the material based formulation for topology design of structures, the problem of optimal structural reinforcement for a critical load criterion is formulated. The stability problem is conveniently reduced to a linearized eigenvalue problem assuming only material effective properties and macroscopic instability modes. The respective optimality criteria are presented by introducing the Lagrangian associated with the optimization problem. Based on this Lagrangian a first-order method is used as a basis for the numerical update scheme. Two numerical examples to validate the developments are presented and analysed.


Topology Optimization Critical Load Beam Element Instability Mode Effective Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Neves
    • 1
  • H. Rodrigues
    • 1
  • J. M. Guedes
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentIDMEC-Instituto Superior TécnicoLisboa CodexPortugal

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