Parametric structural optimization with dynamic knot RBFs and partition of unity method

Hon Shan Ho, Michael Yu Wang, Mingdong Zhou

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An efficient algorithm is presented for solving optimization problem of geometrical domains in which elliptic boundary value problems are defined. The surface of the domain is implicitly described through a level set function and the moving boundary is determined by the time-dependent dynamic knots of the radial basis functions (RBFs). A method of Partition of Unity (POU) is leveraged to calculate the solution, which divides the domain into some smaller overlapping local sub-domains and reconstructs them into the global surface with less numerical cost. Apart from the convergence properties, numerical results are given and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic knots
  • Partition of unity
  • Radial basis function
  • Structural optimization

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