Optimization of fail-safe lattice structures
12th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO 2018)
Contribution to Conference
In the current work, a fail-safe optimization of lattice structures is carried out. For the optimization, unit cells are not homogenized, but their members are modeled as beam elements. This allows applying a commonly used engineering approach for obtaining a fail-safe design. It consist of removing one beam element at a time and optimizing the remaining structure. At the end, the maximum beam radii are used for the final design. This approach is computationally extremely expensive for lattice structures, as it requires one optimization per removed beam. In our contribution, we show that the design obtained from this approach actually does not fulfill the desired fail-safe behavior. We therefore apply an alternative approach in which the fail-safe requirement is an optimization constraint. This is still computationally demanding and therefore, criteria are discussion for reducing the number of beam elements to be considered for the fail-safe requirement within the optimization.