Journal Article

Truss topology design optimization with guaranteed kinematic stability


M. Shahabsafa, R. Fakhimi, W. Lei, S. He, L. Zuluaga, J. R. R. A. Martins, and T. Terlaky


Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 6321–38, 2021



Kinematic stability is an often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when mathematical optimization models are developed for truss topology design and sizing optimization (TTDSO) problems. In this paper, we propose a novel mixed integer linear optimization (MILO) model for the TTDSO problem with discrete cross-sectional areas and Euler buckling constraints. Random perturbations of external forces are used to obtain kinematically stable structures. We prove that, by considering appropriate perturbed external forces, the resulting structure is kinematically stable with probability one. Furthermore, we show that necessary conditions for kinematic stability can be used to speed up the solution of discrete TTDSO problems. Using the proposed TTDSO model, the MILO solver provides optimal or near optimal solutions for trusses with up to 990 bars.