Topological design of modular structures under arbitrary loading

E. Moses*, M. B. Fuchs, M. Ryvkin

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A numerical method for the topological design of periodic continuous domains under general loading is presented. Both the analysis and the design are defined over a single cell. Confining the analysis to the repetitive unit is obtained by the representative cell method which by means of the discrete Fourier transform reduces the original problem to a boundary value problem defined over one module, the representative cell. The repeating module is then meshed into a dense grid of finite elements and solved by finite element analysis. The technique is combined with topology optimization of infinite spatially periodic structures under arbitrary static loading. Minimum compliance structures under a constant volume of material are obtained by using the densities of material as design variables and by satisfying a classical optimality criterion which is generalized to encompass periodic structures. The method is illustrated with the design of an infinite strip possessing 1D translational symmetry and a cyclic structure under a tangential point force. A parametric study presents the evolution of the solution as a function of the aspect ratio of the representative cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-417
Number of pages11
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Discrete Fourier transform
  • Periodic structures
  • Topological design


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