Topology optimization of compliant mechanisms using the homogenization method

Shinji Nishiwaki, Mary I. Frecker, Seungjae Min, Noboru Kikuchi

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A procedure to obtain a topology of an optimal structure considering flexibility is presented. The methodology is based on a mutual energy concept for formulation of flexibility and the homogenization method. A multi-objective optimization problem is formulated as an application of compliant mechanism design. Some examples of the design of compliant mechanisms for plane structures are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-559
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 15 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Numerical Analysis
  • General Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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