Topology Optimization in Architectural Design A technique for obtaining discrete structures from continuum typologies

Mauricio Morales-Beltran, Sina Mostafavi

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Abstract

This study explores the advantages of setting a two-dimension continuum topology optimization whose output resembles structures to be assembled from discrete members, within one integrated procedure. The proposed Skeleton Sketch method uses algorithms that connect virtual centers of gravity found in the continuum matrices of the well-known Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization (SIMP) optimization method. The connecting lines are further upgraded to steel profiles through matching required and available crosssectional areas, obtaining a discrete version of the topology optimized system. Examples of the algorithm’s application on the parametric structural design of three case studies are provided. Results show that the method provides the designer with several layout alternatives through the process, proving to be a versatile and feasible design tool for practical realization of the outcomes of topology optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeCAADe 2022 - Co-creating the Future
Subtitle of host publicationInclusion in and through Design
EditorsBurak Pak, Gabriel Wurzer, Rudi Stouffs
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages589-598
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789491207327
StatePublished - 2022
Event40th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2022 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: Sep 13 2022Sep 16 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume1
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference40th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2022
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityGhent
Period09/13/2209/16/22

Keywords

  • Algorithms
  • Parametric Design
  • Steel Structures
  • Topology Optimization

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