Topology optimization overview In Part 1 and Part 2 of this article I will dive a little deeper into the background of Topology Optimization and attempt to give some insights into what controls we can exert on the process to improve the … [Continue reading]
The “Three Topos” – optimization jargon explained
In an earlier article I explained the background to topology optimization. The piece prompted discussion in the various social media, including requests to clarify the differences between Topology, Topography and Topometry … [Continue reading]
What exactly is topology optimization?
Topology optimization is attracting a lot of fans! This month I review what topology optimization is and some of the practical issues it raises. Topology optimization is not new, the origins are usually attributed to Bendsoe and Kikuchi, reference … [Continue reading]
Background Optimization has earned a key place in the drive to improve products based on a wide range of performance criteria. Optimization technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade and the engineer faces a bewildering variety of tools … [Continue reading]
Optimization – Science or Philosophy?
Background A previous article I wrote introduced structural optimization concepts and methodology. In this article we look at some of the philosophical questions which arise when considering optimization; and which may indeed drive the … [Continue reading]
Who’s on First; Hooke or Young?
A Good Question I was teaching the “Introduction to Finite Element Analysis” training course in Holland recently. A design engineer on the course came up with a good question relating to a graph I had just sketched up on the whiteboard. I … [Continue reading]