Aim of this work is the synthesis of auxetic structures using a topology optimization approach for micropolar (or Cosserat) materials. A distributed compliant mechanism design problem is formulated, adopting a SIMP–like model to approximate the constitutive parameters of 2D micropolar bodies. The robustness of the proposed approach is assessed through numerical examples concerning the optimal design of structures that can expand perpendicularly to an applied tensile stress. The influence of the material characteristic length on the optimal layouts is investigated. Depending on the inherent flexural stiffness of micropolar solids, truss–like solutions typical of Cauchy solids are replaced by curved beam–like material distributions. No homogenization technique is implemented, since the proposed design approach applies to elements made of microstructured material with prescribed properties and not to the material itself.
|Titolo:||Synthesis of auxetic structures using optimization of compliant mechanisms and a micropolar material model|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|