Implementation of topology optimization using openMDAO

Hayoung Chung, John T. Hwang, Justin S. Gray, Hyunsun A. Kim
2018 2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference   unpublished
Topology optimization is one of the widely known branches among the structural optimization, and it distinguishes itself by a large design domain and versatility. It can determine the optimal design out of an infinite number of configurations, thereby drawing interest from both industry and academia with regards to its applicability to additive manufacturing. However, its implementation is often a daunting task for engineers in practice. One of the issues is the programming effort required
more » ... ffort required whenever the implementation requires any changes, ranging from subtle tweaks to drastic changes in the problem definition, and the derivative computation must be correspondingly updated after any change. The implementation, therefore, is not only time-consuming but also repetitive and susceptible to human-induced errors. In this regard, topology optimization implementations stand to benefit from reusability, ease of restructuring, and modularity. In this work, we propose OpenMDAO, a computational framework for multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO), as a generic platform for topology optimization. Two widely used topology optimization techniques-density-based and level-set-are implemented as a demonstration. These techniques are implemented in a decomposed manner, with the aid of the modular architecture of OpenMDAO as well as state-of-the-art numerical methods. Variations on the density-based topology optimization approach are shown to demonstrate the modularity and automation for derivative computation that OpenMDAO provides.
doi:10.2514/6.2018-0653 fatcat:vvxulbnsefeoznkvvxgdmus5ny