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The Discrete Topology Optimization of Compliant Mechanisms

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Hong Zhou, Chandrasekhar M. Ayyalasomayajula

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX

Paper No. DETC2012-70412, pp. 239-247; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2012-70412
From:
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4503-5
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME

abstract

In the discrete topology optimization, material state is either solid or void and there is no topology uncertainty problem caused by intermediate material state. The outer corner cutting and inner corner filling strategy is introduced in this paper for the discrete topology optimization of compliant mechanisms. The design domain is discretized into quadrilateral design cells and every quadrilateral design cell is further subdivided into triangular analysis cells. All outer and inner corners are eliminated with the corner handling strategy. To make the designed compliant mechanisms safe, the local stress constraint is directly imposed on each triangular analysis cell. To circumvent the geometrical bias against the vertical design cells, the binary bit-array genetic algorithm is used to search for the optimal topology. Two topology optimization examples of compliant mechanisms are solved based on the proposed corner handling strategy and subdivision approach.

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