Towards the Integration of Topology Optimization into the CAD Process

Jean-Christophe Cuillière, Vincent Francois, Jean-Marc Drouet
2013 Computer-Aided Design and Applications  
This paper presents a contribution to the automation and integration of topology optimization methods (TOM) with CAD, in the context of the design of statically loaded mechanical structures and parts. Starting from an initial CAD model with relevant engineering data, the goal is automatically generating an optimized CAD model with respect to engineering objectives and constrains. Though many optimization methods are now available, their complete and efficient integration into the design process
more » ... faces several problems. After introducing the basic steps involved in the whole process and identifying the challenges inherent to this integration, this paper presents our contribution in addressing these challenges. The paper is focused on the specification of design and non-design sub-domains, on automatic mesh generation problems induced and on the adaptation of TO concepts in the context of 3D unstructured meshes. TO itself is adapted from a SIMP scheme, which is an arbitrary choice as any other optimization method could also have been used. Sets of results are presented to illustrate the potential and difficulties inherent to integrating TOM into the product design process with CAD.
doi:10.1080/16864360.2014.846067 fatcat:bswnypbs7za4jcnuyrpm332xli