Abstract

The dynamic characteristics of the cavity mirror support structure strongly influence the quality of the output beam. However, the contradiction between excellent dynamic performance and light weight make the design process challenging. To cope with the problems encountered in the original design of a chemical oxygen iodine laser system, this paper presents a two-dimensional adjustable support structure based on spherical constraints with large specific stiffness in the initial design phase. Subsequently, a two-level optimization strategy containing a macro design and a detailed design is adopted to optimize the initial structure. At the macro design stage, a two-step topology optimization procedure is introduced, in which the scale of the optimization model is dramatically reduced using the independent continuous mapping algorithm to improve the calculation speed in the first step, and the gray elements are eliminated using the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization method to clearly obtain the optimal topology in the second step. This method is verified to overcome the defect of low efficiency, while still eliminating gray elements. At the detailed design stage, an adaptive surrogate model and the multi-objective design optimization method are employed to seek the best compromise between the lower weight and higher dynamic performance. The results from the application to the example of the cavity mirror support structure show that the mass is reduced by 41.8%, and the dynamic performance requirement is fulfilled.

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