AbstractA genetic algorithm-based method is proposed to globally optimize the stacking sequence of multi-sandwich-panel composite structures for minimum weight with strength and buckling considerations. The prerequisites for the continuity between sandwich panels are first studied. To implement the summarized continuity rules in the evolutionary optimization, three newly constructed chromosomes are developed to encode the global stacking sequence with no additional repair. Genetic operators, including specialized mutation, swapping and crossover operators, are also developed to effectively explore the design space and keep the continuity rules followed. The Hashin criterion and maximum stress criterion are used to evaluate the strength of sandwich panels. A typical multi-sandwich-panel composite structure with identical and different core thicknesses is optimized to verify the validity and efficiency of the proposed method. It is found that much lighter solutions are obtained with an acceptable efficiency in all cases. It is also found that the weight of the multi-sandwich-panel composite structures can be further reduced when the core thicknesses are not identical.
Science and Engineering of Composite Materials – de Gruyter
Published: Mar 28, 2018
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