RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

Shape Optimal Structural Design Using Boundary Elements and Minimum Compliance Techniques

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C. A. Mota Soares, H. C. Rodrigues

Centro de Mecanica e Materiais da Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa (CEMUL), Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1096 Lisboa, Portugal

K. K. Choi

Center for Computer-Aided Design, College of Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52241

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 106(4), 518-523 (Dec 01, 1984) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258604 History: Received June 15, 1984; Online November 19, 2009


Shape optimal design of two-dimensional elastic components is formulated using boundary elements. The design objective is to minimize compliance of the structure, subject to an area constraint. All degrees of freedom of the model are at the boundary and there is no need for calculating displacements and stresses in the domain. Formulations based on linear and quadratic boundary elements are developed. The corresponding nonlinear programing problem is solved by Pshenichny’s linearization method. The model is applied to shape optimal design of several elastic structural components. The advantages and disadvantages of the boundary element method over the finite element technique for shape optimal design of structures are discussed, with reference to applications.

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