Hybrid Geometry/Property Autoencoders for Multi-Lattice Transitions

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2023

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Baldwin, Martha
Meisel, Nicholas A.
McComb, Christopher

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University of Texas at Austin

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Additive manufacturing has revolutionized structural optimization by enhancing component strength and reducing material requirements. One approach used to achieve these improvements is the application of multi-lattice structures. The performance of these structures heavily relies on the detailed design of mesostructural elements. Many current approaches use data-driven design to generate multi-lattice transition regions, making use of models that jointly address the geometry and properties of the mesostructures. However, it remains unclear whether the integration of mechanical properties into the data set for generating multi-lattice interpolations is beneficial beyond geometry alone. To address this issue, this work implements and evaluates a hybrid geometry/property machine learning model for generating multi-lattice transition regions. We compare the results of this hybrid model to results obtained using a geometry-only model. Our research determined that incorporating physical properties decreased the number of variables to address in the latent space, and therefore improves the ability of generative models for developing transition regions of multi-lattice structures.

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