Integrated optimal topology design and shape optimization using neural networks

Yildiz A. R., Ozturk N., Kaya N., Ozturk F.

STRUCTURAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTIMIZATION, vol.25, no.4, pp.251-260, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00158-003-0300-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-260
  • Keywords: topology optimization, shape optimization, neural networks, feature recognition, HOMOGENIZATION METHOD, DISCRIMINANT-ANALYSIS, CONTINUUM STRUCTURES, STRUCTURAL TOPOLOGY, COMPONENTS, GEOMETRY, FEATURES, CAD
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, neural network- and feature-based approaches are introduced to overcome current shortcomings in the automated integration of topology design and shape optimization. The topology optimization results are reconstructed in terms of features, which consist of attributes required for automation and integration in subsequent applications. Features are defined as cost-efficient simple shapes for manufacturing. A neural network-based image-processing technique is presented to match the arbitrarily shaped holes inside the structure with predefined features. The effectiveness of the proposed approach in integrating topology design and shape optimization is demonstrated with several experimental examples.