Weight-increasing effect of topology simplification

G. I.N. Rozvany, O. M. Querin, Z. Gaspar, V. Pomezanski

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Forcing a simpler topology than the theoretical optimum by additional constraints may have several advantages, such as ease of manufacturing, mesh independence and checkerboard control. It is shown, however, that topology simplification may result in considerable weight increases. In examining various numerical anomalies such as checkerboard patterns and diagonal element chains, it is shown analytically that their correct stiffness tends to zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-465
Number of pages7
JournalStructural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2003



  • Checkerboard patterns
  • Diagonal element chains
  • Filtering
  • Poulsen's nodal constraints
  • Size control
  • Topology optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Control and Optimization

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