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Topology Optimization Methods in Workbench - ANSYS e-Learning

Parts are typically designed by improving on existing concepts or previously-established designs. But what can you do if you don't have a concept to work from and are looking for a completely novel design? The answer: Topology optimization. Topology optimization can produce working concepts that are optimized to a set of design criteria. It finds the best distribution of material given an optimization goal and a set of constraints. Specifically, it works by taking a solid block of material in any shape and removes material to minimize or maximize an optimization objective such as mass, displacement, or compliance while satisfying a set of constraints such as maximum stress or displacement.

CAE Associates’ Senior Engineering Manager Steven Hale discusses the basics of topology optimization in ANSYS Workbench and demonstrates procedures for setting up, solving, and interpreting the results of a topology optimization problem.