Topology optimization of thermo-mechanical systems

Maarten Theulings (PhD candidate) Matthijs Langelaar (supervisor)


Thermo-mechanics is relevant for a very wide range of applications. Typical aerospace examples are re-entry vehicles, satellites, space instruments and propulsion systems. Often these applications involve major temperature gradients and high temperatures.

This project is focused on thermo-mechanical multi-material systems which are subject to major temperature gradients and integrity constraints. Moreover, these systems mostly operate in transient conditions, may involve active cooling and could be produced with additive manufacturing.

Given the 3D nature of most applications, the project targets topology optimization techniques which fully exploit modern high-performance computer environments, for example, by the use of PETSc (Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation).


  • Netherlands Aerospace Centre