Crashworthiness design of transient frame structures using topology optimization

Claus B. Wittendorf Pedersen

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The aim of this paper is to present topology optimization as a method to obtain conceptual designs for crash-worthiness. The topology optimization formulation uses rigorously computed sensitivities. The large displacements and plasticity of the 2D beam elements are modelled with the co-rotational formulation and the plastic zone formulation, respectively. Three examples are presented to show the results of combining topology optimization and crashworthiness optimization. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number6-8
Pages (from-to)653-678
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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