Constraint interface preconditioning for topology optimization problems

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The discretization of constrained nonlinear optimization problems arising in the field of topology optimization yields algebraic systems which are challenging to solve in practice, due to pathological ill-conditioning, strong nonlinearity, and size. In this work we propose a methodology which brings together existing fast algorithms, namely, interior point for the optimization problem and a novel substructuring domain decomposition method for the ensuing large-scale linear systems. The main contribution is the choice of interface preconditioner which allows for the acceleration of the domain decomposition method, leading to performance independent of problem size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A128-A145
Number of pages18
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2016


  • topology optimization
  • domain decomposition
  • Newton–Krylov
  • preconditioning
  • interior point


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