Topology Optimization of Members of Elastic Multibody Systems



Lightweight techniques are applied increasingly often for modern machine designs in order to reduce the moving masses and therewith the energy consumption. However, as a result the stiffness of the system decreases causing undesired elastic deformations and therewith end-effector deviations. In this work a topology optimization procedure for elastic multibody systems based on the solid isotropic material with penalization approach is presented to lower end-effector tracking errors. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)