Topology optimization for transient heat transfer problems

Said Zeidan, Ole Sigmund, Boyan Stefanov Lazarov

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The focus of this work is on passive control of transient heat transfer problems using the topology optimization (TopOpt) method [1]. The goal is to find distributions of a limited amount of phase change material (PCM), within a given design domain, which optimizes the heat energy storage [2]. Our aim is to obtain manufacturable designs [3] as well as demonstrating TopOpt for mixed multiphysics problems [4].TopOpt provides material distributions in a given design domain, optimized with respect to a given objective and satisfying a set of constraints. Originating in static mechanical problems, TopOpt has later been extended to transient problems in mechanics and photonics (e.g. [5], [6] and [7]). In the presented approach, the optimization is gradient-based, where in each iteration the non-steady heat conduction equation is solved,using the finite element method and an appropriate time-stepping scheme. A PCM can efficiently absorb heat while keeping its temperature nearly unchanged [8]. The use of PCM ine.g. electronics [9] and mechanics [10], yields improved performance and lower costs depending on a.o., the spatial distribution of PCM.The considered problem consists in optimizing the distribution of PCM in a design domain, subject to a periodic heat influx. The objective is to stabilize the heat outflow. Application examples include keeping constant room temperature for oscilatory heat input or keeping constant working temperature of a CPU subjected to time varying computational load.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventECCOMAS Congress 2016: VII European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering - Creta Maris Conference Center, Hersonissos, Greece
Duration: 5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016


ConferenceECCOMAS Congress 2016
LocationCreta Maris Conference Center
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Zeidan, S., Sigmund, O., & Lazarov, B. S. (2016). Topology optimization for transient heat transfer problems. Abstract from ECCOMAS Congress 2016, Hersonissos, Greece.