Topology Optimization

Algorithms of creation

We research ways to enhance and automate the conventional design process using computational optimization techniques. The focus is on problems where finding the best geometry of components is the central question. Topology optimization generates optimized designs in the form of material distributions in 2D/3D space.

Algorithms of creation

The geometry of a component is linked to its functional performance, whether this involves mechanical, thermal, electrical aspects or a combination thereof. What constitutes the optimal geometry for a certain desired function is a core design question, which designers aim to answer. We develop computational design methods to augment the creativity, knowledge and insight of designers with the quantitative and analytical power of mathematics, numerical modeling and computer technology.

Topology optimization is a powerful form of computation design, capable of generating high-performing optimized structural geometries without requiring the user to provide an initial concept. Based on mathematical optimization algorithms, it is a systematic yet also highly creative design method, with a wide variety of industrial applications.

The topology optimization research within SOM reflects this wide application range, including compliant mechanisms, dynamic motion systems, heat exchangers, precision mounts for optical components, and more. We work to continuously extend the type of problems that can be addressed, with a focus also on the manufacturability of the resulting designs. Specifically additive manufacturing technologies offer exciting potential to realize the geometrically complex high-performance parts generated by topology optimization. Including the specific restrictions (e.g. overhang angle, overheating) and capabilities (material microstructure control) is a focus area of SOM. Further information is given in the project pages.

Teaser Imsys-3D project

Research Projects