Topology optimization has matured to be a practical desim tool. After several years of success in the automotive industry, topology optimization has been introduced in other industries with success. Desim processes in aerospace and consumer products industries benefit greatly from the use of topology optimization. The introduction of manufacturing constraints made the technology even more appealing.
In many industries such as automotive. aero-snace and consumer nroducts the availabilitv of robust topology optimization algorithms has changed the way concept desims are developed. The use of topology optimization early in the desim process leads to a more efficient process as well as to better and innovative desims.
The paper will give an overview of the recent and current developments in the application of topology optimization in the desim process. Techniques for manufacturing constraints, the handling of buckling and stress constraints will be discussed. A unified approach to the implementation of optimization is used. This technique allows the simultaneous treatment of shape, sizing, and topology optimization problems. Problems like moving loads can be approached efficiently. Furthemore issues of result interpretation will be discussed. Recovering geometly from a topology optimization result is one of the most pressing problems in the practical application today. These issues are currently addressed by ways ofprocess automation.
The paper will also showcase a series of new applications of topology optimization to stluctural desim. Examples from automotive, aerospace and consumer products industries will be discussed. The paper will also point out areas of interest to practical use of topology optimization in desim to encourage researchers to develop new methods to address these issues.