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Buckling Topology Optimization of Laminated Multi-Material Composite Structures

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Erik Lund

Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Paper No. ESDA2006-95753, pp. 683-692; 10 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 3: Dynamic Systems and Controls, Symposium on Design and Analysis of Advanced Structures, and Tribology
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4250-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The design problem of maximizing the buckling load factor of laminated multi-material composite shell structures is investigated using the so-called Discrete Material Optimization (DMO) approach. The design optimization method is based on ideas from multi-phase topology optimization where the material stiffness is computed as a weighted sum of candidate materials, thus making it possible to solve discrete optimization problems using gradient based techniques and mathematical programming. The potential of the DMO method to solve the combinatorial problem of proper choice of material and fiber orientation simultaneously is illustrated for a multilayered plate example and a simplified shell model of a spar cap of a wind turbine blade.

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