DTPL
Bulk Data Entry Defines parameters for the generation of topology design variables.
Format
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DTPL  ID  PTYPE  PID1  PID2  PID3  PID4  PID5  PID6  
PID7  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  
etc  etc 
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TMIN  T0 
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STRESS  UBOUND 
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MEMBSIZ  MINDIM  MAXDIM  MINGAP 
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MESH  MTYP 
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DRAW  DTYP  DAID/XDA  YDA  ZDA  DFID/XDF  YDF  ZDF  
OBST  OPID1  OPID2  OPID3  OPID4  OPID5  OPID6  OPID7  
OPID8  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  
NOHOLE  
STAMP  TSTAMP 
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EXTR  ETYP  
EPATH1  EP1_ID1  EP1_ID2  EP1_ID3  EP1_ID4  EP1_ID5  EP1_ID6  EP1_ID7  
EP1_ID8  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  
etc  etc  
EPATH2  EP2_ID1  EP2_ID2  EP2_ID3  EP2_ID4  EP2_ID5  EP2_ID6  EP2_ID7  
EP2_ID8  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  etc  
etc  etc 
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MAIN  
COORD  CID  CAID/ XCA 
YCA  ZCA  CFID/ XCF 
YCF  ZCF  
CSID/ XCS 
YCS  ZCS  CTID/ XCT 
YCT  ZCT 
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SECOND  DTPL_ID  
COORD  CID  CAID/ XCA 
YCA  ZCA  CFID/ XCF 
YCF  ZCF  
CSID/ XCS 
YCS  ZCS  CTID/ XCT 
YCT  ZCT 
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COORD  CID  CAID/
XCA 
YCA  ZCA  CFID/ XCF 
YCF  ZCF  
CSID/ XCS 
YCS  ZCS  CFTID/ XCT 
YCT  ZCT 
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SCALE  SX  SY  SZ 
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MATINIT  VALUE 
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PATRN  TYP  AID/ XA 
YA  ZA  FID/ XF 
YF  ZF  
UCYC  SID/ XS 
YS  ZS 
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MAT  MATOPT 
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FATIGUE  FTYPE  FBOUND 
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LEVELSET  HOLEINST  HOLERAD  NHOLESX  NHOLESY  NHOLESZ 
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LATTICE  LT  LB  UB  LATSTR 
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FAILSAFE  SFAIL  DFAIL  TFAIL  DFAIL  PFAIL 
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MMAT  MID1  MID2  MID3  MID4  MID5  MID6  MID7  
MID8  MID9 
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OVERHANG  ANGLE  GID1/ X1 
Y1  Z1  GID2/ X2 
Y2  Z2  
METHOD  STEP/ PENFAC 
PENSCHE  NONDES  HOLES  ANGTOL  DISTOL  
SUPPSET 
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MILL  ANGLE / R  B  H  
OBST  OPID1  OPID2  OPID3  OPID4  OPID5  OPID6  OPID7  
OPID8  etc.  etc.  etc.  etc.  etc. 
Example 1
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DTPL  1  PSHELL  7  8  17  
MEMBSIZ  60.0  
TMIN  1.0 
Example 2
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DTPL  1  PSOLID  4  5  6  
MEMBSIZ  60.0  
DRAW  SPLIT  0.0  0.0  0.0  1.0  0.0  0.0  
OBST  10  11  12 
Definitions
Field  Contents  SI Unit Example 

ID  Each
DTPL Bulk Data Entry must have a unique
ID. No default (Integer > 0) 

PTYPE  Flag for the property
type, laminate, or element set that defines
DTPL.
No default 

PID#  Property, laminate
(STACK), or element SET identification numbers that define
DTPL. If PIDs are not listed, OptiStruct will check all properties or laminates of type PTYPE to see if they are to be included in the design space (see PCOMP, PSHELL, PSOLID, STACK, and so on). If any properties satisfy this search, then they will be affected by entries on this card. In this situation (where PIDs are not defined), only one DTPL card can be defined for the given PTYPE. Refer to 26 for limitations when PTYPE=SET. Default = blank (Integer > 0 or blank) 

TMIN  Indicates that minimum
thickness value will follow. Only valid when
PTYPE=PSHELL. If not present when PTYPE=PSHELL, the minimum thickness will default to the T0 value defined on the PSHELL card. If a T0 value is not defined on the PSHELL card, the minimum thickness will default to 0.0. 

T0  Minimum thickness for
PSHELL properties when the referenced
material is of type MAT1. If PSHELL references a material which is not of type MAT1, this value is ignored and T0=0.0 is used. If a value is not entered for T0, the T0 value on the PSHELL card is used. If T0 is not defined on the PSHELL card, then T0=0.0 is assumed. Default = blank (Real > 0.0) 

STRESS  Indicates that stress constraints are active and that an upper bound value for stress is to follow. 1  
UBOUND  Upper bound constraint on
stress. No default (Real > 0.0) 

MEMBSIZ  Indicates that member size control is active for the properties listed and if MINDIM and possibly MAXDIM are to follow.  
MINDIM  Specifies the minimum
diameter of members formed. This command is used to eliminate small
members. It also eliminates checkerboard results. 2
Default = No Minimum Member Size Control (Real > 0.0) 

MAXDIM  Specifies the maximum
diameter of members formed. This command is used to prevent the
formation of large members. Only used in combination with
MINDIM. This is supported for both
traditional Density method (SIMP) and Level Set methods. 3 Default = No Maximum Member Size Control (Real > 0.0) 

MINGAP  Defines the minimum
spacing between structural members formed. Only used in conjunction
with MAXDIM. This is supported for both
traditional Density method (SIMP) and Level Set methods. 3 Default = blank (Real > MAXDIM for SIMP method and Real < MAXDIM for Level Set method) 

MESH  Indicates that mesh type information is to follow.  
MTYP  Indicates that the mesh
conforms to certain rules for which the optimizer is tuned.
Currently, the only option available is ALIGN,
which indicates when manufacturing constraints are active, the mesh
is aligned with the draw direction or extrusion path. 4 Default = blank (ALIGN or blank) 

DRAW  Indicates that casting
constraints are being applied and that draw direction information is
to follow. Only valid if PTYPE=PSOLID. OptiStruct will terminate with an error, if present for other PTYPEs. 

DTYP  Draw direction constraint
type to be used.


DAID/XDA, YDA, ZDA  Draw direction anchor
point. These fields define the anchor point for draw direction of
the casting. The point may be defined by entering a grid ID in the
DAID field or by entering X, Y, and Z
coordinates in the XDA, YDA,
and ZDA fields, these coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. Default = origin (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

DFID/XDF, YDF, ZDF  Direction of vector for
draw direction definition. These fields define a point. The vector
goes from the anchor point to this point. The point may be defined
by entering a grid ID in the DFID field or by
entering X, Y, and Z coordinates in the XDF,
YDF, and ZDF fields, these
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

OBST  Indicates that a list of
PIDs will follow which are nondesignable,
but their interaction with designable parts needs to be considered
with regards to the defined draw direction. OBST
stands for obstacle. Only recognized if DRAW flag is also present on the same DTPL card. OptiStruct will terminate with an error, if OBST flag is present without DRAW flag. 

OPID#  Obstacle property
identification number. List of nondesignable properties that are to
be considered with regards to the defined draw direction. These must
be PSOLID. No default (Integer > 0, blank or ALL) 

NOHOLE  Prevents the formation of
throughholes in the draw direction. Note: It does not prevent holes
perpendicular to the draw direction. The assumed minimum
thickness in the draw direction is twice the average mesh
size. 

STAMP  Forcing the design to evolve into a 3D shell structure. Indicates that thickness (TSTAMP) is to follow. 5  
TSTAMP  Defines the thickness of
the 3D shell structure that is evolved with the
STAMP option. The recommended minimum thickness
is three times the average mesh size. 5 No default (Real > 0.0) 

EXTR  Indicates that extrusion
constraints are being applied and that extrusion information is to
follow. Only valid if PTYPE=PSOLID. OptiStruct will terminate with an error, if present for other PTYPEs. 

ETYP  Extrusion constraint type
to be used.


EPATH1  Indicates that a list of
grid IDs will follow to define the primary extrusion path. Only recognized if EXTR flag is also present on the same DTPL card. OptiStruct will terminate with an error, if EPATH1 flag is present without EXTR flag. 

EP1_ID#  Primary extrusion path
identification numbers. List of grid IDs that define the primary
extrusion path. No default (Integer > 0 or blank) 

EPATH2  Indicates that a list of
grid IDs will follow to define the secondary extrusion path. This is
only required when ETYP has been set to
TWIST. Only recognized if EXTR flag is present on the same DTPL card. OptiStruct will terminate with an error, if EPATH2 flag is present without EXTR flag. 

EP2_ID#  Secondary extrusion path
identification numbers. List of grid IDs that define the secondary
extrusion path. No default (Integer > 0 or blank) 

MAIN  Indicates that this design variable may be used as a main pattern for pattern repetition. 7  
COORD  Indicates information regarding the coordinate system for pattern repetition is to follow. This is required if either MAIN or SECOND flag is present.  
CID  Coordinate system ID for a
rectangular coordinate system that may be used as the pattern
repetition coordinate system. 7 Default = 0 (Integer ≥ 0) 

CAID/XCA, YCA, ZCA  Anchor point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CAID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCA,
YCA, and ZCA fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CFID/XCF, YCF, ZCF  First point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CFID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCF,
YCF, and ZCF fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CSID/XCS, YCS, ZCS  Second point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CSID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCS,
YCS, and ZCS fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CTID/XCT, YCT, ZCT  Third point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CTID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCT,
YCT, and ZCT fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

SECOND  Indicates that this design variable is secondary to the main pattern definition referenced by the following DTPL_ID entry. 7  
DTPL_ID  DTPL
identification number for a main pattern definition. No default (Integer > 0) 

COORD  Indicates information regarding the coordinate system for pattern repetition is to follow. This is required if either MAIN or SECOND flag is present.  
CID  Coordinate system ID for a
rectangular coordinate system that may be used as the pattern
repetition coordinate system. 7. Default = 0 (Integer > 0) 

CAID/XCA, YCA, ZCA  Anchor point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CAID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCA,
YCA, and ZCA fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CFID/XCF, YCF, ZCF  First point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CFID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCF,
YCF, and ZCF fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CSID/XCS, YCS, ZCS  Second point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CSID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCS,
YCS, and ZCS fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CTID/XCT, YCT, ZCT  Third point for pattern
repetition coordinate system. The point may be defined by entering a
grid ID in the CTID field or by entering X, Y,
and Z coordinates in the XCT,
YCT, and ZCT fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 7 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

SCALE  This is applicable to
Pattern Repetition and MultiModel Optimization (MMO)
functionalities. Indicates that scaling factors for pattern repetition (MainSecondary) in a model or for MultiModel Optimization (across multiple models) is active. 

SX, SY, SZ  Scale factors for pattern
repetition or MultiModel Optimization in X, Y, and Z directions,
respectively. 7 Default = 1.0 (Real) 

COORD  Indicates information regarding the coordinate system for MultiModel Optimization is to follow. This is required for MultiModel Optimization runs (unless individual pattern repetition within each model is active using MAIN/SECOND continuation lines).  
CAID/XCA, YCA, ZCA  Anchor point for
coordinate system used in MultiModel Optimization. The point may be
defined by entering a grid ID in the CAID field
or by entering X, Y, and Z coordinates in the
XCA, YCA, and
ZCA fields. These coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. 13 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CFID/XCF, YCF, ZCF  First point for coordinate
system used in MultiModel Optimization. The point may be defined by
entering a grid ID in the CFID field or by
entering X, Y, and Z coordinates in the XCF,
YCF, and ZCF fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 13 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CSID/XCS, YCS, ZCS  Second point for
coordinate system used in MultiModel Optimization. The point may be
defined by entering a grid ID in the CSID field
or by entering X, Y, and Z coordinates in the
XCS, YCS, and
ZCS fields. These coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. 13 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

CTID/XCT, YCT, ZCT  Third point for coordinate
system used in MultiModel Optimization. The point may be defined by
entering a grid ID in the CTID field or by
entering X, Y, and Z coordinates in the XCT,
YCT, and ZCT fields. These
coordinates will be in the basic coordinate system. 13 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

PATRN  Indicates that pattern
grouping is active for the properties listed and that information
for pattern grouping is to follow. Pattern grouping is supported for all entries listed in the PTYPE field except for PBUSH and PWELD. 8, 9 

TYP  Indicates the type of
pattern grouping requested. 9 Default = No Pattern Grouping (1, 2, 3, 9, 10, or 11) 

AID/XA, YA, ZA  Anchor point for pattern
grouping. The point may be defined by entering a grid ID in the
AID field or by entering X, Y, and Z
coordinates in the XA, YA, and
ZA fields. These coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. 9 Default = origin (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

FID/XF, YF, ZF  First point for pattern
grouping. The point may be defined by entering a grid ID in the
FID field or by entering X, Y, and Z
coordinates in the XF, YF, and
ZF fields. These coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. 9 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

UCYC  Number of cyclical
repetitions for cyclical symmetry. This field defines the number of
radial "wedges" for cyclical symmetry. The angle of each wedge is
computed as 360.0/UCYC. 9 Default = blank (Integer > 0 or blank) 

SID/XS, YS, ZS  Second point for pattern
grouping. The point may be defined by entering a grid ID in the
SID field or by entering X, Y, and Z
coordinates in the XS, YS, and
ZS fields. These coordinates will be in the
basic coordinate system. 9 No default (Real in all three fields or Integer in first field) 

MATINIT  Continuation line to define the DTPLdependent initial material fraction.  
VALUE  Default = 0.9 for
optimization with mass as the objective, Default is reset to the
constraint value for runs with constrained mass. If mass is not the
objective function and is not constrained, then the default is
0.6.
This continuation line takes precedence over DOPTPRM,MATINIT for this design variable. 

MAT  Indicates the type of composite topology optimization. Only considered for PTYPE=PCOMP.  
MATOPT 


FATIGUE  Indicates that fatigue constraints are active and their definitions are to follow.  
FTYPE  Fatigue constraint
type.


FBOUND  Specifies the bound
value. If FTYPE=DAMAGE, FBOUND will be the upper bound of fatigue damage. If FTYPE=LIFE or FOS, FBOUND will be the lower bound of fatigue life (LIFE) or Factor of Safety (FOS), respectively. No default (Real) 

LEVELSET  Indicates that the Level Set method (for topology optimization) is activated and the definitions of the required parameters follow. 21  24  
HOLEINST  Method used to insert holes into the design.


HOLERAD  <REAL NUMBER> A real
number that specifies the initial radius of the holes.
Default = 5 times the average mesh size 

NHOLESX / NHOLESY / NHOLESZ  <POSITIVE INTEGER> A
positive integer that specifies the number of holes in X
direction (when HOLEINST=
ALIGN).
NHOLESY and NHOLESZ can be inferred by analogy. 

LATTICE  Indicates that Lattice Structure Optimization is activated and the definitions of the required parameters are to follow.  
LT  Lattice type (only
applicable to hexahedral elements). For other element types
(tetrahedron, pyramid, and pentahedron), there is only one lattice
type and it is active by default. 10
11 Default = 1 (Integer: 1, 2, 3, or 4) 

LB  Density lower bound. 10
11 Default = 0.1 (0.0 ≤ Real ≤ 1.0) 

UB  Density upper bound. 10
11 Default = 0.8 (0.0 ≤ Real ≤ 1.0) 

LATSTR  Stress constraint for
Phase 2 of Lattice Optimization (see Stress Constraints in the User Guide). No default (Real) 

FAILSAFE  Indicates that Failsafe Topology Optimization is activated and the definitions of the required parameters are to follow. 12  
SFAIL  Size of the individual
Failure Zones in a particular layer. This is the edge length for
CUBE failure zone (see
TFAIL) and the diameter for
SPHERE. No default (Real > 0.0) 

DFAIL  Distance (spacing) between
Failure Zones in a particular layer. This is the distance between
the center of one failure zone to the next. Default = SFAIL (Real > 0.0) 

TFAIL  Failure Zone type.


OFAIL  Activates the Overlap
(second) Failure Zone in addition to the first Failure zone.


PFAIL  Defines the ratio
(fraction) of total design volume below which the volume is not
considered as a Damage Zone. Default = 0.0 (Real > 0.0) 

MMAT  Indicates that Multiple Materials Topology Optimization is activated and the definitions of the required parameters are to follow. 14  
MAT#  Candidate material
identification numbers. List of candidate materials used for
multiple material optimization. 15 No default (Integer > 0 or blank) 

OVERHANG  Indicates that Overhang Constraints are active and the definitions of the required parameters are to follow.  
ANGLE  Orientation angle for the
Overhang Constraint. This angle is measured from the build
direction, and a larger angle implies more design freedom. No default (Real ≥ 0.0) 

GID1, GID2  Grid point identification
numbers which identify the orientation. The orientation can also be
identified by defining coordinates (X#,
Y#, Z#). Default = Blank (Integer > 0) 

X#, Y#, Z#  Coordinates of two points
which identifies the orientation. Default = Blank (Real) 

METHOD  Overhang Constraint
Method. 18


STEP/ PENFAC 


PENSCHE  Penalization scheme. 16


NONDES  Indicates the function of
nondesign elements.


HOLES  Indicates if the holes are
supported or unsupported.


ANGTOL  Tolerance angle which
identifies the elements of the design space for which the overhang
constraint is not applied. The identified layer will be assumed as
supported by the optimizer. 19 Default = 90.0 (0.0 ≤ Real ≤ 90.0) Note: For
ANGTOL=90.0, only the first layer of
elements on the surface of the model (encountered when
traveling in the build direction) is
supported. 

DISTOL  Distance which
characterizes the layer of design space for which the overhang
constraint is not applied. The identified layer will be assumed as
supported by the optimizer. 19
Default = 0.0 (Real ≥ 0.0) Note: For
DISTOL=0.0, only the first layer of
elements on the surface of the model (encountered when
traveling in the build direction) is
supported. 

SUPPSET  References the
identification number of a SET of grid points which identifies
regions of the model that are considered to be supported. Default = Blank (Integer > 0) 

MILL  Indicates milling constraints are specified and the definitions of the required parameters are to follow. There are two ways to define the milling constraint – using the access angle (ANGLE) or the bit and clamp dimensions (R, B, and H). 27  
ANGLE  Access Angle definition.
This angle is specified as the ratio of radius of the outer circle
to the depth of the milled hole. No Default (Real) 

R  Radius of the mill
Bit. Default = Blank (Real) 

B  Length of the mill
Bit. Default = Blank (Real) 

H  Radius of the mill
Head. Default = Blank (Real) 

OBST  Indicates that a list of
PIDs follow which are nondesignable, but their interaction with
designable parts needs to be considered with regards to the milling
constraint. OBST stands for obstacle. Only recognized if MILL flag is also present on the same DTPL card. If the OBST flag is present without the MILL flag, the run is terminated with an error. 

OPID#  Obstacle property
identification number. List of nondesignable properties that are to
be considered with regards to the milling constraints. These must be
PSOLID IDs. No default (Integer > 0, Blank or ALL) 
Comments
 The von Mises stress constraints may be
defined for topology and freesize optimization through the
STRESS optional continuation line on the
DTPL or the DSIZE card. There are a number of restrictions with this constraint:
 The definition of stress constraints is limited to a single von Mises permissible stress. The phenomenon of singular topology is pronounced when different materials with different permissible stresses exist in a structure. Singular topology refers to the problem associated with the conditional nature of stress constraints, that is, the stress constraint of an element disappears when the element vanishes. This creates another problem in that a huge number of reduced problems exist with solutions that cannot usually be found by a gradientbased optimizer in the full design space.
 Stress constraints for a partial domain of the structure are not allowed because they often create an illposed optimization problem since elimination of the partial domain would remove all stress constraints. Consequently, the stress constraint applies to the entire model when active, including both design and nondesign regions, and stress constraint settings must be identical for all DSIZE and DTPL cards.
 The capability has builtin intelligence to filter out artificial stress concentrations around point loads and point boundary conditions. Stress concentrations, due to boundary geometry are also filtered to some extent as they can be improved more effectively with local shape optimization.
 Due to the large number of elements with active stress constraints, no element stress report is given in the table of retained constraints in the .out file. The iterative history of the stress state of the model can be viewed in HyperView or HyperMesh.
 Stress constraints do not apply to 1D elements.
 Stress constraints may not be used when enforced displacements are
present in the model.Note: The functionality of the STRESS continuation line to define topology stress constraints consists of many limitations. It is recommended to use DRESP1based Stress Responses. Actual Stress Responses for Topology and FreeSize (Parameter) Optimization are available through corresponding Stress response RTYPE's on the DRESP1 Bulk Data Entry. The StressNORM aggregation is internally used to calculate the Stress Responses for groups of elements in the model.
 It is recommended that a
MINDIM value be chosen such that it is at least 3 times,
and no greater than 12 times, the average element size. When pattern grouping,
draw direction, or extrusion constraints are active, a MINDIM
value of 3 times the average element size is enforced, and userdefined values
(which are smaller than this value) will be replaced by this value. However, in
cases where a MINDIM greater than 12 times the average
element size is defined, irrespective of whether, or not other manufacturing
constraints are defined, the value is reset to be equal to 12 times the average
element size. If DOPTPRM,TOPDISC is
present in the model, a MINDIM value equal to 2 times the
average element size is enforced.
If MINDIM is defined, but no other manufacturing constraint exists, MINDIM will not be reset to the recommended lower bound value for PTYPE=PSHELL or PSOLID, if the defined value is less than the recommended value. For PTYPE=PCOMP, MINDIM will be reset in the absence of manufacturing constraints.
 MAXDIM should be at
least twice the value of MINDIM. If the input value of
MAXDIM is too small, OptiStruct automatically resets the value and an INFORMATION message is printed.
The MAXDIM constraint introduces significant restriction to the design problem. Therefore, it should only be used when it is a necessary design requirement. A study without MAXDIM should always be carried out in order to compare the impact of this additional constraint.
MAXDIM implies the application of a MINGAP constraint of the same value as MAXDIM, as well. For the traditional Density method (SIMP) method, for MINGAP to be effective, it should be greater than MAXDIM. For Level Set method, MINGAP should be lower than MAXDIM.
It is important to pay attention to volume fraction as the achievable volume is below 50% when MAXDIM is defined, and further decreases as MINGAP increases.
 MTYP=ALIGN may be used in
conjunction with draw direction or extrusion manufacturing constraints to
indicate that a mesh is aligned with a draw direction or extrusion path.
Mesh 1 is "aligned" for draw direction 1 in the example shown, but not for draw direction 2.
MTYP=ALIGN may also be used in conjunction with manufacturing constraints (minimum member, maximum member, pattern grouping, and pattern repetition) other than draw direction and extrusion, and Mesh 1 is considered "aligned" for those manufacturing constraints, too.
In both cases, this will enable OptiStruct to use a smaller minimum member size and smaller maximum member sizes. The default minimum member size is three times the average element edge length; with an "aligned" mesh, the default size can be two times the average element edge length.
Mesh 2 in the example shown is not "aligned" in any case.
 The stamping constraint is available for
only one sheet, which is defined by the combination of STAMP
and DTYP as SINGLE.
It is recommended that the stamping thickness, TSTAMP, be chosen such that it is at least 3 times the average element size. If TSTAMP is defined less than the minimum recommended value, TSTAMP will be reset to the minimum recommended value.
STAMP and NOHOLE can be a good combination as this helps to produce a continuous/spread shell structure.Note: Attention should be paid to the compatibility between thickness and target volume.  Extrusion constraints cannot be combined with draw direction constraints.
 Pattern repetition allows similar regions
of the design domain to be linked together so as to produce similar topological
layouts. This is facilitated through the definition of "Main" and "Secondary"
regions. A DTPL card may only contain one
MAIN or SECOND flag. Parameters will
not be exported for any DTPL cards containing the
SECOND flag. For both "Main" and "Secondary" regions, a
pattern repetition coordinate system is required and is described following the
COORD flag. To facilitate reflection, the coordinate
system may be a lefthanded or righthanded Cartesian system. The coordinate
system may be defined in one of two ways, listed here in order of precedence:
 Four points are defined and these are utilized as follows to define the
coordinate system (this is the only way to define a lefthanded system):
 A vector from the anchor point to the first point defines the xaxis.
 The second point lies on the xy plane, indicating the positive sense of the yaxis.
 The third point indicates the positive sense of the zaxis.
 A rectangular coordinate system and an anchor point are defined. If only an anchor point is defined, it is assumed that the basic coordinate system is to be used.
Multiple "Secondary" may reference the same "Main."
Scale factors may be defined for "Secondary" regions, allowing the "Main" layout to be adjusted via the SCALE continuation line.
For a more detailed description, refer to Pattern Repetition in the Topology Optimization Manufacturability section of the User Guide.
 Four points are defined and these are utilized as follows to define the
coordinate system (this is the only way to define a lefthanded system):
 For historic reasons, the SYMM flag may be used in place of the PATRN flag.
 Currently there are six pattern grouping
options:
1plane symmetry (TYP=1)
This type of pattern grouping requires the anchor point and first point to be defined. A vector from the anchor point to the first point is normal to the plane of symmetry.
2plane symmetry (TYP=2)
This type of pattern grouping requires the anchor point, first point, and second point to be defined. A vector from the anchor point to the first point is normal to the first plane of symmetry. The second point is projected normally onto the first plane of symmetry. A vector from the anchor point to this projected point is normal to the second plane of symmetry.
3plane symmetry (TYP=3)
This type of pattern grouping requires the anchor point, first point, and second point to be defined. A vector from the anchor point to the first point is normal to the first plane of symmetry. The second point is projected normally onto the first plane of symmetry. A vector from the anchor point to this projected point is normal to the second plane of symmetry. The third plane of symmetry is orthogonal to both the first and second planes of symmetry, passing through the anchor point.
Uniform Pattern Grouping (TYP=9)
This type of pattern grouping does not require any additional input. It only requires the TYP field to be set equal to 9. All elements included in this DTPL entry are automatically considered for uniform pattern grouping. All elements on this DTPL entry are set equal to the same element density with respect to one another.
Cyclic (TYP=10)
This type of pattern grouping requires the anchor point, first point, and number of cyclical repetitions to be defined. A vector from the anchor point to the first point defines the axis of symmetry.
Cyclic with symmetry (TYP=11)
This type of pattern grouping requires the anchor point, first point, second point, and number of cyclical repetitions to be defined. A vector from the anchor point to the first point defines the axis of symmetry. The anchor point, first point, and second point all lay on a plane of symmetry. A plane of symmetry lies at the center of each cyclical repetition.
For a more detailed description, refer to Pattern Grouping in the Topology Optimization Manufacturabilitysection of the User Guide.
 The LT field can be used to specify the lattice type used in Lattice Structure Optimization for hexahedral elements.
 The density thresholds are defined using the LB and UB fields on the LATTICE continuation line. Elements with densities below LB (real) are considered voids and removed for the second phase. Elements with densities above UB (real) are considered solid and are retained as solid elements for the second phase. Elements with densities between LB and UB are considered as porous phases and elements having these densities are replaced by lattice structures. The amount of intermediate densities (between 0.0 and 1.0) is controlled using DOPTPRM, POROSITY. For further information, refer to Lattice Structure Optimization in the User Guide.
 FailSafe topology optimization runs in
SPMD mode and requires the
fso
script option. For further information, refer to Failsafe Topology Optimization in the User Guide.  MultiModel Optimization requires the
definition of the COORD continuation line to allow mapping of
the design domains among multiple models. If individual pattern repetition is
defined on all models, then this continuation line is not required as the
COORD data from the pattern repetition section is used
instead. The coordinate system can be defined in one of two different ways:
 Four points are defined, and these are utilized as follows to define the
coordinate system (this is the only way to define a lefthanded
system):
A vector from the anchor point to the first point defines the xaxis.
The second point lies on the xy plane, indicating the positive sense of the yaxis.
The third point indicates the positive sense of the zaxis.
 A rectangular coordinate system and an anchor point are defined. If only an anchor point is defined, it is assumed that the basic coordinate system is to be used.
 Four points are defined, and these are utilized as follows to define the
coordinate system (this is the only way to define a lefthanded
system):
 Both solids and shells are supported in
multiple materials topology optimization. The following two limitations apply to
PSHELLs in the design space for multiple materials
topology optimization.
 For any PSHELL entry part of the design space, then all material reference fields (MID# fields) on each PSHELL entry should point to the same material entry.
 Additionally, if multiple PSHELL entries are part of the design space, then all MID# fields on all PSHELL entries should point to the same material entry.
 The original material defined by its property will be taken as one of the candidate material by default. Besides the original one, the maximum number of candidate materials is nine (9). Only isotropic material MAT1 is supported on the MID# fields.
 The Rational Approximation for Material
Properties (RAMP) method uses the following equation for
penalization.$$\tilde{K}\left(\rho \right)=\left(\frac{\rho}{1+p\left(1\rho \right)}\right)K$$Where,
 $\tilde{K}\left(\rho \right)$
 Penalized stiffness matrix of an element (as a function of density)
 $K$
 Actual stiffness matrix of an element
 $\rho $
 Density
 $p$
 Penalization factor
For information about Solid Isotropic Material with Penalty (SIMP) method, refer to Design Elements in the User Guide.
 Overhang constraints are supported for both the traditional Density method (SIMP) and Level Set method. For overhang constraints, STEP=1 allows aggressive move limits and typically converges fast. It generally produces good results for a majority of situations. However, it may show large fluctuations in convergence. In such cases, STEP=2 can be tried, which moves conservatively and follows a smoother convergence curve. It may sometimes offer faster convergence and better designs.
 If the METHOD field
is set to CONSTR, then the following considerations are available:
 Depending on the model, CONSTR method can pose a significant reduction of the design freedom for the optimization. Which may lead to a reduction in performance compared to the run without overhang constraints.
 If a volume or mass constraint is used in addition to the overhang constraint with CONSTR, then the target may be too low for the optimizer to find a good design. In such cases, you can try increasing the volume or mass target.
 If the impact on the performance or the volume/mass target is too large, then try the PENALTY method.
If the METHOD field is set to PENALTY, then the following considerations are available: This method is good at removing members that are overhanging but have a small or medium impact on the performance. This method may not remove members which are very important to performance. If the goal is to remove such high impact members, try the CONSTR method instead.
 For PENALTY method, the violations of overhang angle are output to H3D file.
 The ANGTOL and
DISTOL fields can be used to define elements that are
considered to always be supported during optimization. Candidate elements are
all those elements in the first layer encountered when traveling in the build
direction. If this layer is inclined more than ANGTOL, and
lies within DISTOL, it is always supported.The elements which are always supported are output to the H3D file under the “Predefined Support” results type. For the actual manufacturing of the part, some sections of this predefined support might require support structure.
 LATPRM,LATSUP can be used to define the maximum volume fraction of the lattice support regions when overhang constraints are used in Topology Optimization.
 The level set method can merge existing holes but cannot nucleate new holes in the design domain, unless TOPDER is defined. Therefore, creating an initial design with holes is necessary, especially for 2D design problems (For 3D design problems, new holes can be “tunneled” when two surfaces merged).
 By default, OptiStruct will automatically create a Cheeselike initial design with holes adaptively distributed over the design domain (Figure 3) The default hole radius is 5.0 times the average mesh size.
 Changing the value of HOLERAD can result in different initial designs. Figure 3(right) shows an initial design filled with holes possessing a doubled hole radius when compared to Figure 3(left). If you want to create an initial design with evenly distributed and well aligned holes (this may be preferable for regular design domains), HOLEINST can be set to ALIGN. The number of holes in each direction can be further specified by using NHOLESX, NHOLESY and NHOLESZ (Figure 4).
 The Radial draw direction option allows you to define manufacturing constraints for draw such that the die can be withdrawn in a radially outward direction away from the cylindrical axis defined by DAID → DFID. The Spherical draw direction option allows you to define manufacturing constraints for draw such that the die can be withdrawn in a spherically outward direction away from the central point defined by DAID. The anchor grid for spherical draw direction is recommended to be placed in the center of geometry.
 For more information, refer to Level Set Method in the User Guide.
 When
PTYPE=SET on DTPL
entry, then:
 The referenced element set can contain elements referring to only PSHELL and PSOLID properties.
 Both PSHELL and PSOLID elements should not be included in the same design space.
 The same element should not be used in multiple design spaces.
 If T0 is defined on the DTPL entry
and/or the PSHELL entry, they must be consistent.
That is,
 T0 on all the DTPL entries
using elements from the same PSHELL should
match.
For example, DTPL#1 with T0=0.0 and DTPL#2 with T0=1.0 and both referring to elements from the same PSHELL is not allowed.
 If T0 on a PSHELL is defined, then its value should match with T0 defined on all DTPL entries with PTYPE=SET that reference elements from this PSHELL.
 T0 on all the DTPL entries
using elements from the same PSHELL should
match.
 Multimaterial, level set and lattice optimization are not supported
 There are two ways to define milling
constraints for Topology optimization. One option is to define the access angle
directly using the ANGLE field, where
ANGLE is the ratio D/L as shown in Figure 6. The second
option is to define the dimensions of the milling bit and head using the
R, B, and H fields
(which are equivalent to the r, b, and h values in Figure 7). The
OBST keyword and continuation can be used to define
obstacles to be considered during milling constraint optimization.
 This card is represented as an optimization design variable in HyperMesh.