Aerospace design optimization typically explores the effects of structural performance and aerodynamics on the geometry of a component. This paper presents a methodology to incorporate manufacturing cost and fatigue life models within an integrated system to simultaneously trade off the conflicting objectives of minimum weight and manufacturing cost while satisfying constraints placed by structural performance and fatigue. A case study involving the design of a high pressure turbine disk from an aircraft engine is presented. Manufacturing cost and fatigue life models are developed in DECISIONPRO™, a generic modeling tool, whereas finite element analysis is carried out in the Rolls-Royce PLC proprietary solver SC03. A multiobjective optimization approach based on the nondominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA) is used to evaluate the Pareto front for minimum cost and volume designs. A sequential workflow of the different models embedded within a scripting environment developed in MATLAB™ is used for automating the entire process.
Applying Multiobjective Cost and Weight Optimization to the Initial Design of Turbine Disks
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Rao, A. R., Scanlan, J. P., and Keane, A. J. (February 13, 2007). "Applying Multiobjective Cost and Weight Optimization to the Initial Design of Turbine Disks." ASME. J. Mech. Des. December 2007; 129(12): 1303–1310. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2779899
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