Volume 8, Issue 3
A Monotonic Algorithm for Eigenvalue Optimization in Shape Design Problems of Multi-density Inhomogeneous Materials

Zheng-fang Zhang ,  Ke-wei Liang and Xiao-liang Cheng


Commun. Comput. Phys., 8 (2010), pp. 565-584.

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  • Abstract

Many problems in engineering shape design involve eigenvalue optimizations. The relevant difficulty is that the eigenvalues are not continuously differentiable with respect to the density. In this paper, we are interested in the case of multi-density inhomogeneous materials which minimizes the least eigenvalue. With the finite element discretization, we propose a monotonically decreasing algorithm to solve the minimization problem. Some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the effi- ciency of the present algorithm as well as to demonstrate its availability for the case of more than two densities. As the computations are sensitive to the choice of the discretization mesh sizes, we adopt the refined mesh strategy, whose mesh grids are 25-times of the amount used in [S. Osher and F. Santosa, J. Comput. Phys., 171 (2001), pp. 272-288]. We also show the significant reduction in computational cost with the fast convergence of this algorithm.

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Published online: 2010-08

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