A non-gradient heuristic topology optimization approach using bond-based peridynamic theory




Abdelhamid, Ahmed

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Peridynamics (PD), a reformulation of the Classical Continuum Mechanics (CCM), is a new and promising meshless and nonlocal computational method in solid mechanics. To permit discontinuities, the PD integro-differential equation contains spatial integrals and time derivatives. PD can be considered as the continuum version of molecular dynamics. This feature of PD makes it a good candidate for multi-scale analysis of materials. Concurrently, the topology optimization has also been rapidly growing in view of the need to design lightweight and high performance structures. Therefore, this thesis presents the potential for a peridynamics-based topology optimization approach. To avoid the gradient calculations, a heuristic topology optimization method is employed. The minimization of the PD strain energy density is set as the objective function. The structure is optimized based on a modified solid isotropic material with a penalization approach and a projection scheme is utilized to obtain distinct results. Several test cases have been studied to analyze the suitability of the proposed method in topology optimization.



Topology optimization, Peridynamic theory, Meshless method, Nonlocal method, Heuristic optimization