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A topology optimization method based on non-uniform rational basis spline hyper-surfaces for heat conduction problems

Abstract : This work deals with heat conduction problems formulation in the framework of a CAD-compatible topology optimization method based on a pseudo-density field as a topology descriptor. In particular, the proposed strategy relies, on the one hand, on the use of CAD-compatible Non-Uniform Rational Basis Spline (NURBS) hyper-surfaces to represent the pseudo-density field and, on the other hand, on the well-known Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) approach. The resulting method is then referred to as NURBS-based SIMP method. In this background, heat conduction problems have been reformulated by taking advantage of the properties of the NURBS entities. The influence of the integer parameters, involved in the definition of the NURBS hyper-surface, on the optimized topology is investigated. Furthermore, symmetry constraints, as well as a manufacturing requirement related to the minimum allowable size, are also integrated into the problem formulation without introducing explicit constraint functions, thanks to the NURBS blending functions properties. Finally, since the topological variable is represented by means of a NURBS entity, the geometrical representation of the boundary of the topology is available at each iteration of the optimization process and its reconstruction becomes a straightforward task. The effectiveness of the NURBS-based SIMP method is shown on 2D and 3D benchmark problems taken from the literature.
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Marco Montemurro, Khalil Refai. A topology optimization method based on non-uniform rational basis spline hyper-surfaces for heat conduction problems. Symmetry, MDPI, 2021, 13 (5), ⟨10.3390/sym13050888⟩. ⟨hal-03307581⟩

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