TY - JOUR

T1 - Automated computation of topological derivatives with application to nonlinear elasticity and reaction–diffusion problems

AU - Gangl, P.

AU - Sturm, K.

N1 - Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project P 32 911. The first author additionally acknowledges the support via the FWF-funded collaborative research center F90 (CREATOR – Computational Electric Machine Laboratory) .
Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Author(s)

PY - 2022/8/1

Y1 - 2022/8/1

N2 - While topological derivatives have proven useful in applications of topology optimization and inverse problems, their mathematically rigorous derivation remains an ongoing research topic, in particular in the context of nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) constraints. We present a systematic yet formal approach for the numerical computation of topological derivatives of a large class of PDE-constrained topology optimization problems with respect to arbitrary inclusion shapes. Scalar and vector-valued as well as linear and nonlinear elliptic PDE constraints are considered in two and three space dimensions including a nonlinear elasticity model and nonlinear reaction–diffusion problems. The systematic procedure follows a Lagrangian approach for computing topological derivatives. For problems where the exact formula is known, the numerically computed values show good coincidence. Moreover, by inserting the computed values into the topological asymptotic expansion, we verify that the obtained values satisfy the expected behavior also for other, previously unknown problems, indicating the correctness of the procedure.

AB - While topological derivatives have proven useful in applications of topology optimization and inverse problems, their mathematically rigorous derivation remains an ongoing research topic, in particular in the context of nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) constraints. We present a systematic yet formal approach for the numerical computation of topological derivatives of a large class of PDE-constrained topology optimization problems with respect to arbitrary inclusion shapes. Scalar and vector-valued as well as linear and nonlinear elliptic PDE constraints are considered in two and three space dimensions including a nonlinear elasticity model and nonlinear reaction–diffusion problems. The systematic procedure follows a Lagrangian approach for computing topological derivatives. For problems where the exact formula is known, the numerically computed values show good coincidence. Moreover, by inserting the computed values into the topological asymptotic expansion, we verify that the obtained values satisfy the expected behavior also for other, previously unknown problems, indicating the correctness of the procedure.

KW - Nonlinear elasticity

KW - Topological derivative

KW - Topology optimization

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U2 - 10.1016/j.cma.2022.115288

DO - 10.1016/j.cma.2022.115288

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85133821590

VL - 398

JO - Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

JF - Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

SN - 0045-7825

M1 - 115288

ER -