Topology optimisation of a bulkhead component used in aircrafts using an evolutionary algorithm

Raj Das, Rhys Jones

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The paper demonstrates the application of a modified Evolutionary Structural Optimisation (ESO) algorithm for optimal design of topology for an aerospace component. The capabilities of ESO for producing an optimal design against a specified strength constraint are illustrated using an aerospace design problem of optimisation of the topology of a bulkhead used in an aircraft structure. It has been shown that topology optimisation using ESO can result in considerable reduction in the weight of a structure and an optimum material utilisation by generating a uniformly stressed structure. The paper evaluates and establishes the ESO method as a practical tool for optimum topology design problems for complex industrial structures. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ICM11)
Subtitle of host publication5-9 June, 2011, Villa Erba, Como, Italy
EditorsLaura Vergani, Mario Guagliano
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on the Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ICM) 2011 - Villa Erba, Como, Italy
Duration: 5 Jun 20119 Jun 2011
Conference number: 11th

Publication series

NameProcedia Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
ISSN (Print)1877-7058


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ICM) 2011
Abbreviated titleICM 2011
OtherProcedia Engineering (Volume 10)
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  • Evolutionary algorithm
  • Finite element analysis
  • Structural analysis
  • Structural optimisation
  • Topology optimisation

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