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Deep learning-based accuracy upgrade of reduced order models in topology optimization
Topology optimization problems pose substantial requirements in computing resources, which become prohibitive in cases of large-scale design domains discretized with fine finite element meshes. A Deep Learning-assisted Topology OPtimization (DLTOP) methodology was previously developed by the authors, which employs deep learning techniques to predict the optimized system configuration, thus substantially reducing the required computational effort of the optimization algorithm and overcoming potential bottlenecks. Building upon DLTOP, this study presents a novel Deep Learning-based Model Upgrading (DLMU) scheme. The scheme utilizes reduced order (surrogate) modeling techniques, which downscale complex models while preserving their original behavioral characteristics, thereby reducing the computational demand with limited impact on accuracy. The novelty of DLMU lies in the employment of deep learning for extrapolating the results of optimized reduced order models to an optimized fully refined model of the design domain, thus achieving a remarkable reduction of the computational demand in comparison with DLTOP and other existing techniques. The effectiveness, accuracy and versatility of the novel DLMU scheme are demonstrated via its application to a series of benchmark topology optimization problems from the literature. Show more
Journal / seriesApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
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