STRUCTURAL TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
This course introduces structural topology optimization and teaches the related problem solution skills. Specific methods including SIMP (Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization), level set method, and PTO (proportional topology optimization) will be explained in depth. Topics to be covered include the different types of topology optimization problems (compliance-minimization, stress-constrained, natural frequency design, etc.), multi-material topology optimization, multi-scale topology optimization and meta-material design, etc. Applications will be focused on addressing manufacturability issues in order to produce manufacturing-friendly design solutions. With regard to design optimization for additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), various important topics will be covered, including lattice structure design, self-support structure and infill design, material anisotropy issue, hybrid manufacturing part design, etc. Homework assignments and projects will focus on implementing basic topology optimization algorithms and performing design optimization using a commercial tool for additive manufacturing.