Optimization of hardening/softening behavior of plane frame structures using nonlinear normal modes

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Abstract

Devices that exploit essential nonlinear behavior such as hardening/softening and inter-modal coupling effects are increasingly used in engineering and fundamental studies. Based on nonlinear normal modes, we present a gradient-based structural optimization method for tailoring the hardening/softening behavior of nonlinear mechanical systems. The iterative optimization procedure consists of calculation of nonlinear normal modes, solving an adjoint equation system for sensitivity analysis and an update of design variables using a mathematical programming tool. We demonstrate the method with examples involving plane frame structures where the hardening/softening behavior is qualitatively and quantitatively tuned by simple changes in the geometry of the structures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputers & Structures
Volume164
Pages (from-to)63-74
ISSN0045-7949
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Finite element
  • Structural optimization
  • Nonlinear normal mode
  • Harmonic balance
  • Adjoint method
  • Hardening/softening behavior

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