Shape optimization

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Term: Shape optimization

Shape optimization is an optimization process that uses nodal coordinates and/or parameters of some geometry-parameterization methods as design variables to minimize an objective function utilizing gradient-based or gradient-free optimizers.


Shape optimization is widely used in aerospace engineering for aircraft design, such as the optimization of the wing shape.

Created 2023.04.11
Last Modified 2023.04.14
Contributed by Joy Falconer

The shape of the structure is the design variable and the goal is to tune the shape as to minimize the objective function. - Peaceful Panda 2023.04.18

Rather than the shape being the design variables... - Bliss Tiger 2023.04.12

Isn't the point that the objective function is the target shape? - Bliss Tiger 2023.04.12