Robust topology optimization based on an aggregated linear system and eigenvalue analysis

Satom Nit*, Akihiro Takezawa, Mitsum Kitamura, Nozomu Kogiso

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This paper proposes a robust topology optimization method for a linear elasticity design problem subjected to an uncertain load. The robust design problem is formulated to minimize a robust compliance that is defined as the maximum compliance induced by the worst load case of an uncertain load set. Since the robust compliance can be formulated as the scalar product of the uncertain input load and output displacement vectors, the idea of "aggregation" used in the field of control research is introduced to evaluate the value of the robust compliance. The aggregation is applied to provide the direct relationship between the uncertain input load and output displacement using a small linear system composed of these vectors and the itduced size of a symmetric matrix in the context of a discretized linear elasticity problem using the finite element method. The robust compliance minimization problem is formulated as the minimization of the maximum eigenvalue of the aggregated symmetric matrix subject to the constraint that the Euclidean norm of the uncertain load set is fixed. Moreover, the worst load case is easily established as the eigenvector corresponding to the maximum eigenvalue of the matrix. The proposed robust stmctural optimization method is implemented using the topology optimization method, sensitivity analysis and the method of moving asymptotes (MN/IA). The numerical examples provided illustrate mechanically itasonable stmctures and establish the worst load cases corresponding to these optimal structuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-482
Number of pages11
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number775
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Eigenvalue Analysis
  • Finite Element Method
  • Robust Design
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Topology Optimization
  • Worst Case Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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