Topic 1: Topology Optimization and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Topology optimization focuses on the function of a material or structure, but the manufacture of the material or structure is rarely considered as part of the optimization. In practice, this results in designs that are theoretically optimal but that could never be realized. This topic considers how topology optimization can incorporate manufacturability along with functional design. We ask: What new methods are required to simultaneously optimize a design and its manufacture; What new manufacturing technologies are enabled by doing so; and What are the step change improvements that can be created in the underlying manufacturing technologies?
Topic 2: Topology Optimization and Multi-Physics
Most topology optimizers consider a single physical domain, for example stress-strain analysis for structural design, or electromagnetic analysis for photonic crystal design. This topic considers challenges and opportunities that combine multiple physical processes. For example: How might we create an optimal design for both mechanical properties along with fluid-structure interactions; or how might we create an optimal design for a chemically reacting flow in the presence of a distributed catalyst? The session will discuss the methods required for multi-functional topology optimization and the software intelligence required to search these design spaces.
Topic 3: Topology Optimization of Soft Materials and Deformable Structures
Soft and compliant structures could unlock new applications in medicine and bioengineering, wearable structures and devices, and human-machine interfaces. While topology optimization for rigid materials and structures is quite mature, there are a lack of tools and methods for topology optimization of soft or compliant structures, and structures that undergo large deformations as part of their intended function. This topic considers: What are the fundamental challenges for topology optimization of soft structures and how might these be overcome; and for what applications and domains would there transformational new opportunities.