De-homogenization of optimal multi-scale 3D topologies

Jeroen P. Groen*, Florian C. Stutz, Niels Aage, Jakob A. Bærentzen, Ole Sigmund

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This paper presents a highly efficient method to obtain high-resolution, near-optimal 3D topologies optimized for minimum compliance on a standard PC. Using an implicit geometry description we derive a single-scale interpretation of optimal multi-scale designs on a very fine mesh (de-homogenization). By performing homogenization-based topology optimization, optimal multi-scale designs are obtained on a relatively coarse mesh resulting in a low computational cost. As microstructure parameterization we use orthogonal rank-3 microstructures, which are known to be optimal for a single loading case. Furthermore, a method to get explicit control of the minimum feature size and complexity of the final shapes will be discussed. Numerical examples show excellent performance of these fine-scale designs resulting in objective values similar to the homogenization-based designs. Comparisons with well-established density-based topology optimization methods show a reduction in computational cost of 3 orders of magnitude, paving the way for giga-scale designs on a standard PC.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112979
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Number of pages129
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Optimal microstructures
  • Giga-scale topology optimization
  • Numerical efficiency
  • Length-scale enforcement
  • De-homogenization


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