This paper is a contribution to the ongoing discussion on optimization of multistable structures, with particular focus on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications. An intuitive discrete-link model that exhibits some of the relevant physics of a typical multistable structure is presented. This simple model is used to demonstrate the challenges of optimizaing multistable structures via example optimization problems relevant to MEMS. Some methods for properly treating the problems are discussed.
Keywords: bistable, multistable, MEMS, optimization.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, June 1-5, 2009, Lisbon, Portugal|
|Editors|| Rodrigues, H.C., Guedes, J.M., Fernandes, P.R., Folgado, J.O., Neves, M.M.|
|Place of Publication||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon, Portugal|
Duration: 1 Jun 2009 → 5 Jun 2009
|Conference||8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Lisbon, Portugal|
|Period||1/06/09 → 5/06/09|
- conference contrib. refereed
- Conf.proc. > 3 pag