AE Seminar: Julián Norato

Thu Oct 28 2021 03:30 PM
"Topology Optimization of Structural Assemblies with Geometric Primitives

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
invites you to attend the talk


"Topology Optimization of Structural
Assemblies with Geometric Primitives"




Julián Norato

Associate Profesor | University of Connecticut


Thursday, October 28
3:30 p.m.


About the Talk
Topology optimization is a powerful computational technique for the conceptual design of structures and architected materials. Advances in this technology are fueled by a vibrant and growing research community, and off-the-shelf software is often used today in the design of structures across a wide variety of applications and industries. However, mainstream topology optimization methods are still far from becoming standard work in the product development process, particularly in the design of structural assemblies, and the customary design-analysis iteration remains the norm in most cases. One root cause of this shortcoming is the way in which designs are represented in these methods, which is implicitly through a continuous density field or level set representation. These methods render highly optimal, organic designs; however, these designs often cannot be easily realized with available stock material and/or economical manufacturing processes because they do not conform to certain geometric requirements. In this talk I will discuss ongoing research efforts in our group to advance methods that produce from the onset optimal topologies that incorporate desired geometric constraints. 

About the Speaker
Dr. Julián Norato is an Associate Professor at The University of Connecticut.  Prior to joining UConn in 2014, he worked for nine years for Caterpillar, where he was responsible for the Product Optimization Group. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Norato is a recipient of a 2017 ONR Young Investigator Program award, a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, and the 2019 ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award. He is a Review Editor for the Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.