Topology optimisation of simple structural elements using ANSYS

J.C. Howie, A.A. Abdel-Wahab

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This research focuses on the topology optimisation of cantilever beams using ANSYS Workbench. After generating five optimised topologies spanning from 50% to 90% mass retained, it was found that as more mass was removed from the structure the greater the deflection and maximum stress of the beam would be.
The optimised topologies were 3D Printed and loaded to determine the free-end displacement. The results from this experiment showed that all the beams deflected around the same amount proving that up to 50% of the mass of the structure could be removed with little consequence to the overall maximum deflection of the beam.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Science & Smart Materials (MMSM)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Materials Science and Smart Materials
EditorsAbdul Ghani Olabi
Place of PublicationPaisley
PublisherUniversity of the West of Scotland
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781903978634
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2018
Event5th International Conference on Material Science and Smart Materials - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Aug 201810 Aug 2018 (Conference website.)


Conference5th International Conference on Material Science and Smart Materials
Abbreviated titleMSSM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • topology optimisation
  • finite-element
  • cantilever beams


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