Applications of Primal-dual Interior Methods in Structural Optimization
Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics
We are concerned with structural optimization problems for technological processes in material science that are described by partial differential equations. In particular, we consider the topology optimization of conductive media in high-power electronic devices described by Maxwell equations and the optimal design of composite ceramic materials by homogenization modeling. All these tasks lead to constrained nonconvex minimization problems with both equality and inequality constraints on the
... nstraints on the state variables and design parameters. After discretization by finite elements, we solve the discretized optimization problems by a primal-dual Newton interior-point method. Within a line-search approach, transforming iterations are applied with respect to the null space decomposition of the condensed primal-dual system to find the search direction. Some numerical experiments for the two applications are presented. 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 65K10; 74B05; 74Q05; 90C30.