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HoneyTop90: A 90-line MATLAB code for topology optimization using honeycomb tessellation

Kumar, P (2022) HoneyTop90: A 90-line MATLAB code for topology optimization using honeycomb tessellation. In: Optimization and Engineering .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11081-022-09715-6


This paper provides a simple, compact and efficient 90-line pedagogical MATLAB code for topology optimization using hexagonal elements (honeycomb tessellation). Hexagonal elements provide nonsingular connectivity between two juxtaposed elements and, thus, subdue checkerboard patterns and point connections inherently from the optimized designs. A novel approach to generate honeycomb tessellation is proposed. The element connectivity matrix and corresponding nodal coordinates array are determined in 5 (7) and 4 (6) lines, respectively. Two additional lines for the meshgrid generation are required for an even number of elements in the vertical direction. The code takes a fraction of a second to generate meshgrid information for the millions of hexagonal elements. Wachspress shape functions are employed for the finite element analysis, and compliance minimization is performed using the optimality criteria method. The provided MATLAB code and its extensions are explained in detail. Options to run the optimization with and without filtering techniques are provided. Steps to include different boundary conditions, multiple load cases, active and passive regions, and a Heaviside projection filter are also discussed. The code is provided in Appendix A, and it can also be downloaded along with supplementary materials from https://github.com/PrabhatIn/HoneyTop90.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Optimization and Engineering
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer.
Keywords: Honeycomb structures; Optimal systems; Shape optimization; Topology, Checkerboard patterns; Compliance minimization; Element connectivity; Hexagonal elements; Nonsingular; Optimized designs; Shape functions; Simple++; Topology optimisation; Wachspress shape function, MATLAB
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 06:15
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 06:15
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/74204

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