The goal of this paper is to formulate and solve free material optimization problems with constraints on the smallest eigenfrequency of the optimal structure. A natural formulation of this problem as linear semidefinite program turns out to be numerically intractable. As an alternative, we propose a new approach, which is based on a nonlinear semidefinite low-rank approximation of the semidefinite dual. We introduce an algorithm based on this approach and analyze its convergence properties. The article is concluded by numerical experiments proving the effectiveness of the new approach.
Research Report 319, Institute of Applied Mathematics, University of Erlangen, 2007