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The Modified Quadrilateral Discretization Model for the Topology Optimization of Compliant Mechanisms

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Hong Zhou, Pranjal P. Killekar

Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Kingsville, TX

Paper No. DETC2011-47469, pp. 75-84; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5483-9
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The modified quadrilateral discretization model for the topology optimization of compliant mechanisms is introduced in this paper. The design domain is discretized into quadrilateral design cells. There is a certain location shift between two neighboring rows of quadrilateral design cells. This modified quadrilateral discretization model allows any two contiguous design cells to share an edge whether they are in the horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. Point connection is completely eliminated. In the proposed topology optimization method, design variables are all binary and every design cell is either solid or void to prevent grey cell problem that is usually caused by intermediate material states. Local stress constraint is directly imposed on each analysis cell to make the synthesized compliant mechanism safe. Genetic algorithm is used to search the optimum and avoid the need to select the initial guess solution and conduct sensitivity analysis. No postprocessing is needed for topology uncertainty caused by point connection or grey cell. The presented modified quadrilateral discretization model and the proposed topology optimization procedure are demonstrated by two synthesis examples of compliant mechanisms.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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