Structural optimization

Topology optimization

The general aim of structural optimization is designing a given structure in such a way that it fulfils a given target criterion in the best possible way, considering certain boundary conditions. These often include reducing the dead weight while complying with material-related limits. In addition to dimensioning problems, topology optimization is an advanced method for identifying a preferred material distribution within a given design domain. To achieve this, we develop and investigate algorithms with a special focus on material handling applications and the associated lightweight construction potential.

We are also investigating alternative approaches to structural design in crane construction and developing the resulting dimensioning principles as part of optimization processes. The basic idea is joining the supported structure from standardized individual parts to form a plug-in construction and subsequently tensioning it using tensile elements that run in the hollow profiles of the support structure. This makes both production and transportation much easier.