||CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 61-74, 2008
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||topology optimization, meshless method, MLPG, collocation, mixed method
||The Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin (MLPG) ``mixed collocation'' method is applied to the problem of topology-optimization of elastic structures. In this paper, the topic of compliance minimization of elastic structures is pursued, and nodal design variables which represent nodal volume fractions at discretized nodes are adopted. A so-called nodal sensitivity filter is employed, to prevent the phenomenon of checkerboarding in numerical solutions to the topology-optimization problems. The example results presented in the paper demonstrate the suitability and versatility of the MLPG ``mixed collocation'' method, in implementing structural topology-optimization.