Optimal topology design of steel-concrete composite structures under stiffness and strength constraints

Yangjun Luo, Michael Yu Wang, Mingdong Zhou, Zichen Deng

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This study presents a three-phase topology optimization model and an effective solution procedure to generate optimal material distributions for complex steel-concrete composite structures. The objective is to minimize the total material cost (or mass) while satisfying the specified structural stiffness requirements and concrete strength constraints. Based on the Drucker-Prager criterion for concrete yield behaviour, the extended power-law interpolation for material properties and a cosine-type relaxation scheme for Drucker-Prager stress constraints are adopted. An enhanced aggregation method is employed to efficiently treat the large number of stress constraints, and the optimal topology is obtained through a standard gradient-based search. Several examples are provided to demonstrate the capability of the proposed optimization method in automatically finding the reasonable composite layout of steel and concrete.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Structures
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Drucker-Prager criterion
  • Enhanced aggregation method
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Topology optimization

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