|Title||A Rudimentary Discussion on the Optimization of Multistable Microstructures|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Williams, M. D., and F. Van Keulen|
|Conference Name||8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization|
|Conference Location||Lisbon, Portugal|
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 optimizing multistable structures via example optimization problems relevant to MEMS. Some methods for properly treating the problems are discussed.