Topological design optimization of structures, machines and materials : IUTAM-SYMPOSIUM

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It is now more than 15 years ago that the so-called homogenization method was proposed as a basis for computational means to optimize the topology and shape of continuum structures. From initially being capable mainly of treating minimum compliance design we now see the basic material distribution idea of the methodology applied to a wide range of structural and mechanical problems as well as to problems that couple structural response to other physical responses. Also, the method has provided insight for micro-mechanical studies, meaning that the method has given feedback to the area which provided impetus to the field of topological design optimization in its creation. Finally, topological design is now an integral part of most FEM software systems and it has become a standard industrial tool in some fields.

The IUTAM Symposium provided a forum for the exchange of ideas for future developments in the area of topological design optimization. This encompassed the application to fluid-solid interaction problems, acoustics problems, and to problems in biomechanics, as well as to other multiphysics problems. New basic modelling paradigms, covering new geometry modelling such as level-set methods and topological derivatives, as well as developments in computational approaches were also focus areas.

Without the sponsorship from the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) and the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), and the financial support from the Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (DCAMM), the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation, and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, the symposium and this book would not have been possible. The financial support from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg University, and from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, is also gratefully acknowledged.
Effective start/end date01/01/200431/12/2005