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Engineering design optimization using services and workflows / Tom Crick; Peter Dunning; Hyunsun Kim; Julian Padget

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Volume: 367, Issue: 1898, Pages: 2741 - 2751

Swansea University Author: Crick, Tom

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DOI (Published version): 10.1098/rsta.2009.0035

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Multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) is the process whereby the often conflicting requirements of the different disciplines to the engineering design process attempts to converge upon a description that represents an acceptable compromise in the design space. We present a simple demonstrator...

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Published in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
ISSN: 1364-503X 1471-2962
Published: The Royal Society 2009
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43398
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Abstract: Multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) is the process whereby the often conflicting requirements of the different disciplines to the engineering design process attempts to converge upon a description that represents an acceptable compromise in the design space. We present a simple demonstrator of a flexible workflow framework for engineering design optimization using an e-Science tool. This paper provides a concise introduction to MDO, complemented by a summary of the related tools and techniques developed under the umbrella of the UK e-Science programme that we have explored in support of the engineering process. The main contributions of this paper are: (i) a description of the optimization workflow that has been developed in the Taverna workbench, (ii) a demonstrator of a structural optimization process with a range of tool options using common benchmark problems, (iii) some reflections on the experience of software engineering meeting mechanical engineering, and (iv) an indicative discussion on the feasibility of a ‘plug-and-play’ engineering environment for analysis and design.
College: College of Science
Issue: 1898
Start Page: 2741
End Page: 2751