Shape optimal design of mechanical components

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A general methodology for the shape optimal design linking a geometric modeler and a mesh generator with the components of a shape optimal design system, a finite element analyzer and an optimizer, has been used by the author for the design of structural and mechanical components (Rajan, 1988). It is shown that a wide class of problems can be solved by using the shape definition parameters offered by the geometric modeler as design variables. In this paper, the components of the system are analyzed with respect to the functional and computational requirements. Numerical examples are presented which illustrate the capabilities of the design system both in a single-discipline and in a multidisciplinary design environment involving heat transfer and elasticity finite element analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputers in Engineering, Proceedings of the International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exhibit
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherPubl by American Soc of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1989
EventProceedings of the 1989 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition - Anheim, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 30 1989Aug 3 1989


OtherProceedings of the 1989 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition
CityAnheim, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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