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Simultaneous Shape and Stacking Sequence Optimization of Laminated Composite Free-Form Shells Using Multi-Island Genetic Algorithm


Medium: journal article
Language(s): en 
Published in: Advances in Civil Engineering, , v. 2019
Page(s): 1-14
DOI: 10.1155/2019/2056460

A simultaneous shape and stacking sequence optimization algorithm is presented for laminated composite free-form shells, by which the coupled effect of shape and stacking sequence can be considered. The optimization objective is determined as maximizing fundamental natural frequency to obtain largest stiffness of shells. Nonuniform rational B-spline (NURBS) is employed to represent free-form geometrical shapes. The coordinates of NURBS control points and fiber orientations are set up as continuous and discrete optimization variables, respectively, and optimized simultaneously. To improve the efficiency of the mixed continuous-discrete optimization, multi-island genetic algorithm (MIGA) is employed to search for the global result. Through several numerical examples, the performance of the proposed approach is demonstrated in comparison with the two-phase optimization method; the effect of boundary conditions and the setup of control points on optimal results are investigated, respectively.

Copyright: © 2019 Bingbing San et al.

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