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Topology optimization of heat conduction problems using the finite volume method. (English) Zbl 1245.80011
Summary: We address the use of the finite volume method (FVM) for topology optimization of a heat conduction problem. Issues pertaining to the proper choice of cost functions, sensitivity analysis, and example test problems are used to illustrate the effect of applying the FVM as an analysis tool for design optimization. This involves an application of the FVM to problems with nonhomogeneous material distributions, and the arithmetic and harmonic averages are here used to provide a unique value for the conductivity at element boundaries. It is observed that when using the harmonic average, checkerboards do not form during the topology optimization process.

MSC:
80M50 Optimization problems in thermodynamics and heat transfer
80M12 Finite volume methods applied to problems in thermodynamics and heat transfer
74P10 Optimization of other properties in solid mechanics
49N90 Applications of optimal control and differential games
Software:
COMSOL; top.m
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