Global optimality in minimum compliance topology optimization of frames and shells by moment-sum-of-squares hierarchy

The design of minimum-compliance bending-resistant structures with continuous cross-section parameters is a challenging task because of its inherent non-convexity. Our contribution develops a strategy that facilitates computing all guaranteed globally optimal solutions for frame and shell structures under multiple load cases and self-weight. To this purpose, we exploit the fact that the stiffness matrix is … Read more

Modular-topology optimization with Wang tilings: An application to truss structures

Modularity is appealing for solving many problems in optimization. It brings the benefits of manufacturability and reconfigurability to structural optimization, and enables a trade-off between the computational performance of a Periodic Unit Cell (PUC) and the efficacy of non-uniform designs in multi-scale material optimization. Here, we introduce a novel strategy for concurrent minimum-compliance design of … Read more

Semi-definite relaxations for optimal control problems with oscillation and concentration effects

Converging hierarchies of finite-dimensional semi-definite relaxations have been proposed for state-constrained optimal control problems featuring oscillation phenomena, by relaxing controls as Young measures. These semi-definite relaxations were later on extended to optimal control problems depending linearly on the control input and typically featuring concentration phenomena, interpreting the control as a measure of time with a … Read more

On the control of an evolutionary equilibrium in micromagnetics

We formulate an optimal control problem of magnetization in a ferromagnet as a mathematical program with evolutionary equilibrium constraints. The evolutionary nature of the equilibrium is due to the hysteresis behavior of the respective magnetization process. To solve the problem numerically, we adapted the implicit programming technique. The adjoint equations, needed to compute the subgradients … Read more