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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Optimization of shape, size, and topology design variables in trusses with a genetic algorithm /

Gillman, Kevin M., January 2005 (has links) (PDF)
Thesis (M.S.)--Brigham Young University. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2005. / Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-89).

Integrated structural design, vibration control, and aeroelastic tailoring by multiobjective optimization /

Canfield, Robert A., January 1992 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992. / Vita. Abstract. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 106-118). Also available via the Internet.

Automated structural synthesis using a reduced number of design coordinates

Pickett, Richard Mortimer. January 1971 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California--Los Angeles, 1971. / eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record.

Investigations in structural optimization of nonlinear problems using the finite element method

Sedaghati, Ramin 01 March 2018 (has links)
Structural optimization is an important field in engineering with a strong foundation on continuum mechanics, structural finite element analysis, computational techniques and optimization methods. Research in structural optimization of linear and geometrically nonlinear problems using the force method has not received appropriate attention by the research community. The present thesis constitutes a comprehensive study in the area of structural optimization. Development of new methodologies for analysis and optimization and their integration in finite element computer programs for analysis and design of linear and nonlinear structural problems are among the most important contributions. For linear problems, a force method formulation based on the complementary energy is proposed. Using this formulation, the element forces are obtained without the direct generation of the compatibility matrix. Application of the proposed method in structural size optimization under stress, displacement and frequency constraints has been investigated and its efficiency is compared with the conventional displacement formulation. Moreover, an efficient methodology based on the integrated force method is developed for topology optimization of adaptive structures under static and dynamic loads. It has been demonstrated that structural optimization based on the force method is computationally more efficient. For nonlinear problems, an efficient methodology has been developed for structural optimization of geometrical nonlinear problems under system stability constraints. The technique combines the nonlinear finite element method based on the displacement control technique for analysis and optimality criterion methods for optimization. Application of the proposed methodology has been investigated for shallow structures. The efficiency of the proposed optimization algorithms are compared with the mathematical programming method based on the Sequential Quadratic Programming technique. It is shown that structural design optimization based on the linear analysis for structures with intrinsic geometric nonlinearites may lead to structural failure. Finally, application of the group theoretic approach in structural optimization of geometrical nonlinear symmetric structures under system stability constraint has been investigated. It has been demonstrated that structural optimization of nonlinear symmetric structures using the group theoretic approach is computationally efficient and excellent agreement exists between the full space and the reduced subspace optimal solutions. / Graduate

Optimum holes in flat plates

Cobb, William Geoffrey Carnie January 1987 (has links)
No description available.

Multigrid Accelerated Cellular Automata for Structural Optimization: A 1-D Implementation

Kim, Sunwook 23 June 2004 (has links)
Multigrid acceleration is typically used for the iterative solution of partial differential equations in physics and engineering. A typical multigrid implementation uses a base discretization method, such as finite elements or finite differences, and a set of successively coarser grids that is used for accelerating the convergence of the iterative solution on the base grid. The presented thesis extends the use of multigrid acceleration to the design optimization of a sample structural system and demonstrates it within the context of the recently introduced Cellular Automata paradigm for design optimization. Within the design context, the multigrid scheme is not only used for accelerating the analysis iterations, but is also used to help refine the design across multiple grid levels to accelerate the design convergence. A comparison of computational efficiencies achieved by different multigrid implementations, including the multigrid accelerated nested design iteration scheme, is presented. The method is described in its generic form which can be applicable not only to the Cellular Automata paradigm but also to more general finite element analysis based design schemes as well. / Master of Science

Design of diffractive optical elements through low-dimensional optimization

Peters, David W. 2001 August 1900 (has links)
The simulation of diffractive optical structures allows for the efficient testing of a large number of structures without having to actually fabricate these devices. Various forms of analysis of these structures have been done through computer programs in the past. However, programs that can actually design a structure to perform a given task are very limited in scope. Optimization of a structure can be a task that is very processor time intensive, particularly if the optimization space has many dimensions. This thesis describes the creation of a computer program that is able to find an optimal structure while maintaining a low-dimensional search space, thus greatly reducing the processor time required to find the solution. The program can design the optimal structure for a wide variety of planar optical devices that conform to the weakly-guiding approximation with an efficient code that incorporates the low-dimensional search space concept. This work is the first use of an electromagnetic field solver inside of an optimization loop for the design of an optimized diffractive-optic structure.

Multicriteria Optimization with Expert Rules for Mechanical Design

Filomeno Coelho, Rajan 01 April 2004 (has links)
Though lots of numerical methods have been proposed in the literature to optimize me-chanical structures at the final stage of the design process, few designers use these tools since the first stage. However, a minor modification at the first step can bring significant change to the global performances of the structure. Usually, during the initial stage, models are based on theoretical and empirical equations, which are often characterized by mixed variables: continuous (e.g. geometrical dimensions), discrete (e.g. the cross section of a beam available in a catalogue) and/or integer (e.g. the number of layers in a composite material). Furthermore, the functions involved may be non differentiable, or even discontinuous. Therefore, classical algorithms based on the computation of sensi-tivities are no more applicable. Consequently, to solve these problems, the most wide-spread meta-heuristic methods are evolutionary algorithms (EAs), which work as follows: the best individuals among an initial population of randomly generated potential solutions are favoured and com-bined (by specific operators like crossover and mutation) in order to create potentially better individuals at the next generation. The creation of new generations is repeated till the convergence is reached. The ability of EAs to explore widely the design space is useful to solve single-objective unconstrained optimization problems, because it gener-ally prevents from getting trapped into a local optimum, but it is also well known that they do not perform very efficiently in the presence of constraints. Furthermore, in many industrial applications, multiple objectives are pursued together. Therefore, to take into account the constrained and multicriteria aspects of optimization problems in EAs, a new method called PAMUC (Preferences Applied to MUltiobjectiv-ity and Constraints) has been proposed in this dissertation. First the user has to assign weights to the m objectives. Then, an additional objective function is built by linearly aggregating the normalized constraints. Finally, a multicriteria decision aid method, PROMETHEE II, is used in order to rank the individuals of the population following the m+1 objectives. PAMUC has been validated on standard multiobjective test cases, as well as on the pa-rametrical optimization of the purge valve and the feed valve of the Vinci engine, both designed by Techspace Aero for launcher Ariane 5. The second step of the thesis consists in incorporating an inference engine within the optimization scheme in order to take expert rules into account. First, information about conception and design is collected among engineers expert in a specific domain. In the case of the valves designed by Techspace Aero, the expert rules are rules of thumb based upon experience, and related to the leakages, the choice of the materials for the different parts of the structure, etc. Then, each potential design generated by the EA is tested and repaired (with a given probability) according to the user-defined rules. This approach seems very efficient in reducing the size of the search space and guiding the EA towards the global feasible optimum.

A theory of optimal team structure: opitmal incentive schemes and optimal information system.

January 1990 (has links)
by Wong Kam Chau. / Thesis (M.Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1990. / Bibliography: leaves 114-121. / Introduction: --- p.1 / Outline of the thesis: --- p.9 / Part I: / List of notations: --- p.12 / Chapter Chapter I: --- Basic model --- p.16 / Chapter Chapter II: --- Self-interested team --- p.21 / Chapter Chapter III --- Altruistic team --- p.33 / Chapter Chapter IV: --- Sub-contracting and supervisory system --- p.45 / Chapter Chapter V: --- Team with leader --- p.55 / Chapter Chapter VI: --- Conclusion of part I --- p.59 / Appendix: --- p.61 / Part II: / Chapter Chapter VII --- The existence theorem of optimal information system of one agent --- p.82 / Chapter Chapter VIII: --- Extension to a team --- p.104 / Reference: --- p.114

H-adaptive extended finite element method for structural optimization.

January 2013 (has links)
在過去的幾十年,結構優化已經成為了一個能夠啓發工程師們來獲得更加合理和經濟的設計的強大工具。同以前發展的基於材料的結構優化的方法相比,最近水平集方法由於其在邊界表達上面的靈活性以及能夠處理複雜的結構拓撲變化而受到歡迎。結構的邊界被一個隱性的水平集函數追蹤以及它的演化被速度場所驅動,這個速度場是從結合有限元結果的靈敏度分析獲得的。然而,傳統的有限元方法無論在處理介於實體材料和空材料之間的移動邊界上,還是在處理拓撲變化上,都是令人討厭的,因為有限元的網格需要跟結構的邊界保持一致,這樣就會導致耗時的網格重建。隨著擴展有限元方法的出現,傳統有限元方法的型函數被擴展函數所擴展。這樣就使得擴展有限元適合用來表達前面提到的移動邊界,而且通常固定的均勻的網格被採用從而使得網格管理的困難可以被避免。然而,爲了捕獲準確的邊界,更密集的網格是所渴望的,這樣在一定程度上會降低擴展有限元方法的效率,同時有限元分析被認為是最耗時的過程並且在優化過程中的每一步都會進行。在基於水平集的結構優化中,邊界是我們最為關心的地方。更密集的網格最被渴望出現在邊界處,而在遠離邊界的區域只需要更稀疏的網格。因此,爲了改善擴展有限元方法的效率以及縮短優化過程,適當地調整底層的網格是必要的。解決的方案是高分辨率的有限元網格分佈在邊界的附近區域而相對更低密度的網格分佈在遠離邊界的區域,這樣一來,既能縮短計算時間同時又能保證精度。這篇論文的動機就是為在水平集框架下的結構優化開發一個高效又準確的具有自適應網格的擴展有限元方案. / 基於對具有固定網格的傳統的有限元方法的前期研究,二維和三維的h-自適應的擴展有限元方法被調查和發展。通過網格稀疏化的方法從初始的密集的均勻的網格中逐漸去除不需要的有限元單元,多層次自適應的網格被生成來適應但是沒必要完全契合結構的邊界。底層的網格是用四叉樹(二維)或者八叉樹(三維)來描述的。四叉樹或者八叉樹的表達一方面適合用來管理多層次的數據,另外一方面也會使得自適應網格的生成有效率。在本論文中,自適應網格被限制為1-不規則的網格,同時在網格稀疏化的過程中,具有懸掛節點的有限元單元會被生成。這些懸掛的節點會同常規的節點一樣對待,既具有自由度又有相應的型函數。對於每一個單元來說,這些型函數要被修改以滿足單位分解的屬性。對不同類型的單元的積分被研究並且對於那些被邊界劃過的單元以及擁有懸掛節點的單元,特殊的方案應該被採用。因為擴展有限元方法使得有限元方法一般化來處理邊界,這些邊界沒有必要被恰好吻合的網格覆蓋,因此邊界條件有可能在網格內部從而在引進邊界條件的時候會出現困難。一方面,力的邊界條件的引進的困難會少一些,因為它只需要把積分域從單元的邊上修改到單元內部的邊界上。另外一方面,引進位移的邊界條件確實不容易的。在本論文中,尼采方法被用來強加位移邊界條件。爲了驗證邊界條件的引進,以及本論文所提出來的擴展有限元方法的準確性、效率和收斂性,有理論界的二維的例子被用來作為參考標準以及三維的數值算例通過跟ANSYS軟件產生的結果作比較被執行。 / 通過組合水平集方法和本文提出的h-自適應的擴展有限元方法,結構優化的柔度問題被研究。值得注意的是,擴展有限元方法是在自適應網格上實現的而水平集的演化確實在均勻的網格上進行的。在優化的每一步中,隨著結構邊界的傳播,自適應網格會被相應的更新,同時很多成熟的算法可以直接用於均勻網格的水平集的演化。在文獻中常被使用的二維和三維的數值的算例被當做參考標準,特別是兩個實用的應用進一步的驗證了本論文中提出來的擴展有限元方法的可靠性。 / Structural optimization has become a powerful tool to inspire engineers for more reasonable and economical designs during the past decades. Compared to previously developed material based approaches, the level set method for structural optimization is gaining popularity recently due to its exibility in boundary representation and handling complex topological changes of structure. The structural boundary is tracked by an implicit level set function and its evolution is driven by boundary velocity which is derived from sensitivity analysis with the result of finite element analysis. However, conventional Finite Element Method (FEM) is troublesome in handling either moving boundaries between solid material and voids or topological changes, as the finite element meshes need to conform to the boundaries of structure resulting in the time-consuming remeshing process. With the advent of Extended Finite Element Method (X-FEM), shape functions of conventional FEM are extended with enrichment functions, which make X-FEM suitable for representing aforementioned moving boundaries, and usually fixed uniform meshes are employed so that mesh management difficulties can be avoided. However, to capture precision boundaries, denser meshes are desired, which to some extent decreases the efficiency of the XFEM, and meanwhile finite element analysis is regarded as the most time-consuming process and conducted at each iterative step during the optimization. In the level set based structural optimization, boundaries are most concerned where denser meshes are most desired while the regions far away from boundaries only need coarser meshes. Therefore, to improve the efficiency of the X-FEM and shorten the optimization process, it is essential to adjust underlying meshes adequately. The solution scheme is that finite element meshes of higher resolution are distributed in the vicinity of the boundaries while meshes of relatively lower resolution are in the regions far away from the boundaries to significantly decrease the computational time while ensuring the accuracy. The motivation of this dissertation is to develop an efficient and accurate X-FEM scheme with adaptive meshes for structural optimization in the level set framework. / Based on previous studies on conventional X-FEM with fixed uniform meshes, h-Adaptive X-FEM is investigated and developed in both two and three-dimensions. Multilevel adaptive meshes are generated to fit but not necessary to conform to structural boundaries by the method of mesh coarsening to gradually remove unnecessary elements from initial fine uniform meshes. The underlying meshes are depicted by Quadtree(for 2D) or Octree(for 3D) representations which are suitable for managing multilevel data on the one hand and make the generation of adaptive meshes efficient on the other hand. In this thesis, adaptive meshes are restrained to 1-irregular meshes and elements with hanging nodes are produced during the process of mesh coarsening. The hanging nodes are treated as regular nodes with degrees of freedoms (DOFs) and shape functions which are modified to satisfy Partition of Unity(POU) property for each element. Quadrature for different types of elements is studied and special schemes should be adopted for elements crossed by boundaries and elements with hanging nodes where kinks would exist. As the X-FEM generalizes conventional FEM to handle structure whose boundaries are not necessarily covered by conforming meshes, the boundary conditions are possible inside the meshes which presents difficulties while imposing boundary conditions. On the one hand, the imposition of Neumann boundary conditions is not difficult because it only requires a modification of the integral domain from borders of elements to the boundaries insides elements. However, imposing Dirichlet boundary conditions is non-trivial. In this dissertation, Nitsche's method is employed to enforce Dirichlet boundary conditions. In order to verify the imposition of boundary conditions, accuracy, efficiency and convergent rate of the proposed X-FEM, 2D examples with theoretical solution are treated as benchmarks and 3D numerical examples are conducted by the comparison with solutions produced by ANSYS software. / The mean compliance problems of structural optimization are investigated by combining level set method and the proposed h-Adaptive X-FEM. Notably, the X-FEM is achieved on the adaptive meshes while the evolution of level set is conducted on the fine uniform meshes. The adaptive meshes are updated accordingly along with the propagation of structural boundaries at each optimization step, and meanwhile lots of mature algorithms can be used for level set evolution with uniform grids directly. Numerical examples both in 2D and 3D commonly used in literatures are treated as benchmarks especially two practical applications further verify the reliability of the proposed X-FEM. / Detailed summary in vernacular field only. / Detailed summary in vernacular field only. / Detailed summary in vernacular field only. / Tian, Xuefeng. / Thesis (Ph.D.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2013. / Includes bibliographical references (leaves 114-130). / Abstract also in Chinese. / Abstract --- p.i / Acknowledgement --- p.viii / Chapter 1 --- Introduction --- p.1 / Chapter 1.1 --- Structural Optimization --- p.1 / Chapter 1.2 --- Finite Element Analysis for Level based Structural Optimization --- p.4 / Chapter 1.3 --- Motivation and Objective --- p.6 / Chapter 1.4 --- Contributions and Organization of the Dissertation --- p.7 / Chapter 2 --- Implementation of h-Adaptive X-FEM --- p.9 / Chapter 2.1 --- X-FEM for Material-void Boundaries --- p.9 / Chapter 2.1.1 --- General Form of X-FEM --- p.9 / Chapter 2.1.2 --- X-FEM for Material-void Boundaries --- p.11 / Chapter 2.2 --- Implicit Representation of Structural Model --- p.12 / Chapter 2.3 --- Implementation of Adaptive Meshes --- p.13 / Chapter 2.4 --- 1-irregular Meshes --- p.15 / Chapter 2.5 --- Criterion of Adaptiveness --- p.16 / Chapter 2.6 --- Quadtree (for 2D) and Octree (for 3D) Representations --- p.17 / Chapter 2.7 --- Quadrature --- p.19 / Chapter 2.7.1 --- Quadrature for Standard Elements without Enrichment --- p.20 / Chapter 2.7.2 --- Quadrature for Elements Crossed by Boundaries --- p.23 / Chapter 2.7.3 --- Quadrature for Elements with Hanging Nodes . --- p.26 / Chapter 2.8 --- Imposition of Boundary Conditions --- p.34 / Chapter 2.8.1 --- Imposition of Neumann Boundary Conditions . --- p.35 / Chapter 2.8.2 --- Imposition of Dirichlet Boundary Conditions --- p.37 / Chapter 2.9 --- Other Numerical Issues --- p.40 / Chapter 2.9.1 --- Small Area/volume Fraction Elements --- p.40 / Chapter 2.9.2 --- Stress Smoothing Strategy --- p.41 / Chapter 3 --- Numerical Validation of h-Adaptive X-FEM --- p.45 / Chapter 3.1 --- A Plate Under Uniaxial Tension --- p.45 / Chapter 3.2 --- A Thick Cylinder Model Under Internal Pressure --- p.51 / Chapter 3.3 --- A Cantilever Beam --- p.57 / Chapter 3.4 --- Infinite Plate with a Circular Hole --- p.61 / Chapter 3.5 --- A Clamp Model (3D) --- p.65 / Chapter 3.6 --- I-Beam (3D) --- p.68 / Chapter 4 --- Level Set Based Structural Optimization Using h-Adaptive X-FEM --- p.71 / Chapter 4.1 --- Structural Optimization Problem --- p.71 / Chapter 4.2 --- Sensitivity Analysis --- p.74 / Chapter 4.3 --- Level Set Evolution --- p.77 / Chapter 4.4 --- Flowchart of Level Set Based Structural Optimization Coupling with h-Adaptive X-FEM --- p.81 / Chapter 5 --- Numerical Examples of Level Set Based Structural Optimization Using h-Adaptive X-FEM --- p.83 / Chapter 5.1 --- A Cantilever Beam (2D) --- p.84 / Chapter 5.2 --- A Michell-Type Structure (2D) --- p.88 / Chapter 5.3 --- A L-Shape Structure (3D) --- p.90 / Chapter 5.4 --- A Michell-type Structure (3D) --- p.95 / Chapter 5.5 --- An Electrical Mast (3D) --- p.99 / Chapter 5.6 --- A Chair Design (3D) --- p.103 / Chapter 6 --- Conclusions and Future Work --- p.109 / Chapter 6.1 --- Conclusions --- p.109 / Chapter 6.2 --- Future Work --- p.111 / Chapter 6.2.1 --- An Easy-to-use FEM Tool --- p.111 / Chapter 6.2.2 --- Large-scale problems and Parallelization --- p.112 / Chapter 6.2.3 --- Higher-order X-FEM --- p.112 / Chapter 6.2.4 --- Other Structural Optimization Problems --- p.112 / Bibliography --- p.114

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