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AE 498 SDP - Special Topics - Structural Design Optimization

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in aerospace engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or department course information for topics and prerequisite. Course Information: 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary to a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours.

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Credit Hours: 4 hrs This course provides an introduction to optimal design of structures and mechanisms using finite element analysis and numerical optimization. The course begins with a brief review of the finite element method for solving linear elastic boundary value problems. We then cover the theory and principles of gradient-based numerical optimization for constrained nonlinear programming problems. These techniques will be applied to a variety of structural optimization problems involving sizing, shape and topology optimization of structures and mechanisms. Special topics will include optimal design of compliant mechanisms, implementation of material failure constraints, and design for additive manufacturing. The course will include a design project in which students will optimize, fabricate and demonstrate an original design using the concepts introduced during the course. The project will culminate in a competition in which groups will compete to determine whose design is tru

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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