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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Khalid Jawed, UCLA

    Talk Title: Reduced Order Modeling and Inverse Design of Flexible Structures by Machine Learning

    Abstract: Recent advances in highly deformable structures necessitate simulation tools that can capture nonlinear geometry and nonlinear material. We propose machine learning, neural networks (NN) in particular, to capture this nonlinearity and solve highly nonlinear inverse problems in structural mechanics. Two representative problems will be discussed in this talk.

    In the first problem, we use NN to reduce the number of variables and speed up the simulation by orders of magnitude. As a test case, we explore the dynamical simulation of a slinky, a pre-compressed elastic helix that is widely used as a toy for children. However, most often the deformation of a slinky can be fully captured by the deformation of its helix axis. Instead of simulating the entire helical structure, the axis of the helix is a reduced-order representation of this system. We use NN to store the elastic forces of the slinky in its reduced-order representation, utilizing the concept of neural ordinary differential equations. The NN is trained using data from a fine-grained 3D rod simulation called the Discrete Elastic Rods (DER). Once the elastic forces in the reduced representation are stored in the NN, force balance equations can be solved in this representation for the dynamic simulation. This results in savings in computational time without much impact on its physical accuracy.

    In the second problem, we explore shape-morphing structures that spontaneously transition from planar to 3D shapes. This is a transformative technology with broad applications in soft robotics and deployable systems. However, realizing these morphing structures that can achieve certain target shapes is challenging and typically involves a painstaking process of trials and errors with complex local fabrication and actuation. We propose a rapid design approach for fully soft structures that can achieve targeted 3D shapes through a fabrication process that happens entirely on a 2D plane. By combining the strain mismatch between layers in a composite shell and locally relieving stress by creating kirigami cuts, we are able to create 3D free buckling shapes from planar fabrication. However, the large design space of the kirigami cuts and strain mismatch presents a challenging task of inverse form finding. We develop a symmetry-constrained active learning approach to learn how to explore the large design space strategically. Interestingly, we report that, given a target 3D shape, multiple design solutions exist, and our physics-guided machine learning approach can find them in a few hundred iterations. Desktop-controlled experiments and finite element simulations are in good agreement in examples ranging from peanuts to flowers.

    Acknowledgment: Our lab is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award numbers: IIS-1925360, CMMI-2053971, CMMI-2101751, CAREER-2047663, OAC-2209782, CNS-2213839), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the US Department of Agriculture (Award # 2021-67022-34200, 2022-67022-37021), and the Department of Energy (Smart Manufacturing Institute, UCLA).

    Biography: M. Khalid Jawed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Principal Investigator of the Structures-Computer Interaction Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2014, respectively. He holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2021, the outstanding teaching award from UCLA in 2019, the outstanding teaching assistant award from MIT in 2015, and the GSNP best speaker award at the American Physical Society March Meeting in 2014.

    Dr. Jaweds research interests lie at the intersection of structural mechanics and robotics, emphasizing a data-driven and artificially intelligent approach to the modeling and design of programmable smart structures. Current research projects include robotic manipulation of flexible structures, numerical simulation of highly deformable structures, soft robotics, and robotics for precision agriculture.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao


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