Determine a geometric definition of an additional pipe hanger via topology optimisation. The objective is to maximise the hanger rigidity subject to a mass objective, while ensuring a proper mechanical strength.

Main operations

  • Creation of the additional hanger as a solid to optimise
  • Finite-element modelling of the assembly: pipe and additional hanger
  • Application of the boundary conditions and a static load matching a pressure inside the pipe
  • Definition of areas excluded from the optimisation at the level of the additional hanger
  • Definition of the mass optimisation target of the additional hanger
  • Extraction of an optimized geometric definition of the additional hanger
  • Verification of the mechanical strength of the additional hanger


Tool: Ansys

FEM, finite-element modelling, linear static analysis and topology optimisation.