Optimal Design of Composite Structures Under Manufacturing Constraints

Konstantinos Marmaras

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This thesis considers discrete multi material and thickness optimization of laminated composite structures including local failure criteria and manufacturing constraints. Our models closely follow an immediate extension of the Discrete Material Optimization scheme, which allows simultaneous determination of the appropriate laminate thickness and the material choice in the structure. The optimal design problems that arise are stated as nonconvex mixed integer programming problems. We resort to different reformulation techniques to state the optimization problems as either linear or nonlinear convex mixed integer 0–1 programming problems. The manufacturing constraints have been treated by developing explicit models with favorable properties.
In this thesis we have developed and implemented special purpose global optimization methods and heuristic techniques for solving this class of problems. The continuous relaxation of the mixed integer programming problems is being solved by an implementation of a primal–dual interior point method for nonlinear programming that updates the barrier parameter adaptively. The method is chosen for its excellent convergence properties and the ability of the method to react swiftly to changes of scale in the problem. As opposed to the original Discrete Material Optimization methodology, we obtain discrete feasible solutions to the stated mixed 0–1 convex problems by the application of advanced heuristic techniques. Our heuristics are based on solving a finite sequence of well–posed optimization problems. They provide us with a discrete feasible solution or correctly determine problem infeasibility. Our aim is to solve the considered problems to proven global optimality. We propose a combination of the convergent Outer Approximation and Local Branching algorithms to perform the global optimization. The efficiency of the proposed models is examined on a set of well–defined discrete multi material and thickness optimization problems originating from the literature. The inclusion of manufacturing limitations along with structural considerations in the early design phase results in structures with better structural performance reducing the need of manually post–processing the found designs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Number of pages133
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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