Short course: Teaching Structural Optimization

We do hope that the teaching material compiled herein will make your life as a teacher and instructor much easier. The teaching material in short, consists of -

  • PPTs (for your presentations while teaching in the classroom)
  • Reading material (PDFs) for your students` self learning
  • Tutorials - Handouts (PDFs) for your students
  • Model Files to practise

We know - from our own teaching experiences - that class notes can always be improved. Hence, we are very eager to learn more about your preferences and recommendations.

What is this teaching course about?
In this teaching course the two most important concept optimization methods, topology optimization and topography optimization are addressed. Please note, the theoretical aspects are deliberately excluded from this course.

Who is it for?
The teaching material may be used to educate undergraduate students who are new to structural optimization. Alternatively, the class material may be used for illustration purposes of the Simulation Driven Design Process only.

Note: The Finite Element Analysis process (model building, analysis and post-processing) is not explained in here. If interested, please make use of the short course: Teaching Finite Element Analysis.

Why / How?
The software program for pre-processing (model building), analysis, optimization and post-processing (results visualization) utilized in here is Inspire: One single graphical user interface for everything. This makes Inspire, with the embedded popular Finite Element Program OptiStruct, the perfect teaching simulation solution.

The duration of this short course may vary between a few hours (illustration of the optimization workflow only) up to 40 hours or more – strongly depending on the number of exercises, homework assignments, presentation and discussion of results and so on.
Duration of this course also depends on whether students have to set-up the optimization models from scratch or whether they will use „ready-to-optimize“ models.

Inspire determines certain parameters such as element size or element type automatically (can be changed manually, of course). In addition, a material database (editable) can be referenced directly within Inspire. Also important to note, knowledge about the solver syntax (i.e. Card Images etc.) is not needed.

Course content:

  • What is Simulation?
  • Concept Design
    • Topology Optimization
    • Topography Optimization
    • The Optimization Process
    • Basic Definitions
  • Basic interaction with Inspire (optional, depending whether your students have used Inspire before)
  • Exercises
    • Re-design of Towing Hook
    • Design of Bracket
    • Design of Street Lamp
    • Re-design of Support Arm
    • Topology Optimization of L-Bracket
    • Topology Optimization of a Tower
  • Capstone Project: Re-design of a Door Hinge
  • Exercises: Virtual Bike Project
    • Battery Tray Topology Optimization
    • Wheel Rim Topology Optimization
    • Oil Pan Topography Optimization
    • Footrest Topography Optimization
    • Fender Topography Optimization
    • Brake Pedal Re-design
  • Motion Analysis
    • Introduction
    • Exercises
      • Cam Follower
      • Excavator
      • Motorcycle Suspension
  • Capstone Project: Arbor Press

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