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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 624762, 8 pages -

Research Article

Department of Architectural Engineering, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-747, Republic of Korea

Research Institute of Industrial Technology, Pusan National University, Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735, Republic of Korea

Received 7 January 2015; Accepted 19 March 2015

Academic Editor: Antônio G. B. de Lima

Copyright © 2015 Dongkyu Lee and Soomi Shin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study presents a new engineering practice and idea that material topology optimization results may be utilized to optimally decide the positions of web-openings of structural members in a building structure. Material topology optimization utilizes element densities as design parameters, that is, nominal constructional material, and then optimal material distributions of densities between voids 0 and solids 1 in a given design domain represent the determination of topology and shape. That means that regions with element density values become occupied by solids in a design domain, while there are only void phases in regions where no density values exist. Therefore, the void regions of topology optimization results may provide design information that decides appropriate depositions of web-opening in structure. Numerical examples demonstrate the efficiency of the present methodological design information using optimization techniques to automatically resolve the building design of proper deposition of web-openings.

Author: Dongkyu Lee and Soomi Shin



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