Parametric structural optimization with radial basis functions and partition of unity method

H. S. Ho, Bonnie F.Y. Lui, Michael Y. Wang

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This paper presents the parametric approach of the structural optimization that combines the theory of radial basis function (RBF) interpolation and the partition of unity (POU) method. A surface is represented implicitly through a level function and its boundary is the zero level set, the evolution of the dynamic boundary is determined by the parameters of the RBF. In order to deal with these large point sets, we organize the point sets into some overlapping local sub-domains and reconstruct these local surfaces into the octree cells; POU method blends them into a global surface with higher numerical efficiency. Finally, we give the numerical examples to demonstrate the versatility of these methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-553
Number of pages21
JournalOptimization Methods and Software
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • level set method
  • partition of unity
  • radial basis functions
  • shape optimization
  • structural optimization
  • topology optimization

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