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A new algorithm for topology optimization using a level-set method

: Amstutz, S.; Andrä, H.


Journal of computational physics 216 (2006), No.2, pp.573-588
ISSN: 0021-9991
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

The level-set method has been recently introduced in the field of shape optimization, enabling a smooth representation of the boundaries on a fixed mesh and therefore leading to fast numerical algorithms. However, most of these algorithms use a Hamilton-Jacobi equation to connect the evolution of the level-set function with the deformation of the contours, and consequently they call hardly create new holes in the domain (at least in 2D). In this work, we propose all evolution equation for the level-set function based oil a generalization of the concept of topological gradient. This results ill a new algorithm allowing for all kinds of topology changes.