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13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference


The present paper focuses on optimization of trusses that have randomness in geometry that may arise from fabrication errors. The analysis herein is a generalization of a perturbation approach to topology optimization under geometric uncertainties. The main novelty in the present paper is in the consideration of potential buckling due to misaligned structural members. The paper begins with a brief review of the aforementioned perturbation approach, then proceeds with the analysis of the nonlinear effects of geometric imperfection. The paper concludes with some numerical examples.


Paper presented at the 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference 13 - 15 September 2010, Fort Worth, Texas.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI-0928613 with Dr. Christina Bloebaum serving as program officer. This support is gratefully acknowledged.