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HSCT Configuration Design Space Exploration Using Aerodynamic Response Surface Approximations

Baker, Chuck A and Grossman, Bernard and Haftka, Raphael T and Mason, William H and Watson, Layne T (1999) HSCT Configuration Design Space Exploration Using Aerodynamic Response Surface Approximations. Technical Report ncstrl.vatech_cs//TR-99-01, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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A method has been developed to generate and use polynomial approximations to the range and cruise drag components in a highly constrained, multidisciplinary design optimization of a High Speed Civil Transport configuration. The method improves optimization performance by eliminating the numerical noise present in the analyses through the use of response surface methodology. In our implementation, we fit quadratic polynomials within variable bounds to data gathered from a series of numerical analyses of different aircraft designs. Because the HSCT optimization process contains noise and suffers from a nonconvex design space even when noise is filtered out, multiple optimization runs are performed from different starting points with and without the response surface models in order to evaluate their effectiveness. It is shown that response surface methodology facilitates design space exploration, allowing improvements in terms of both convergence performance and computational effort when multiple starting points are required.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:505
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Deposited On:05 December 2001
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