Topology Optimization is a tool that should be considered in the design process when weight and cost are important design metrics. It is best utilized at the start of any project when space claims for components are less limited by defined surrounding geometry. Single load cases or full component duty cycles can be evaluated by the software. DJHEC utilizes Optistruct® from the Altair suite to perform topology optimization to ensure material exists in critical load paths and is removed where it is adds no benefit to the structure. Produced mode shapes from the software are typically reviewed with design and manufacturing teams to guarantee the optimal design solution is selected.
Topology Optimization Life Cycle