Topology Optimization of Members of Elastic Multibody Systems

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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)

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