Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 595–622 | Cite as

Topology Optimization in Aircraft and Aerospace Structures Design

  • Ji-Hong ZhuEmail author
  • Wei-Hong Zhang
  • Liang XiaEmail author
Original Paper


Topology optimization has become an effective tool for least-weight and performance design, especially in aeronautics and aerospace engineering. The purpose of this paper is to survey recent advances of topology optimization techniques applied in aircraft and aerospace structures design. This paper firstly reviews several existing applications: (1) standard material layout design for airframe structures, (2) layout design of stiffener ribs for aircraft panels, (3) multi-component layout design for aerospace structural systems, (4) multi-fasteners design for assembled aircraft structures. Secondly, potential applications of topology optimization in dynamic responses design, shape preserving design, smart structures design, structural features design and additive manufacturing are introduced to provide a forward-looking perspective.


Topology Optimization Additive Manufacturing Design Domain Layout Design Solid Isotropic Material With Penalty 
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The authors would like to thank Prof. Moumni Zied from Ecole nationale supérieure de techniques avancées in France, Dr. Zheng Weidong, Dr. Zeng Dujuan and Dr. Wang Lipeng from China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Dr. Yang Jun and Dr. Chang Nan from Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute, Prof. Chen Yuze and Dr. Mo Jun from China Academy of Engineering Physics for valuable discussions. This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11432011, 11172236), the 111 Project (B07050), Science and Technology Research and development Projects in Shaanxi Province (2014KJXX-37), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (3102014JC02020505).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Simulation and Aerospace Computing (ESAC)Northwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.CNRS, UMR 7337 Roberval, Centre de Recherches de RoyallieuUniversité de Technologie de Compiègne, Sorbonne UniversitésCompiègne CedexFrance

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