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Aerodynamic Design Exploration through Surrogate-Assisted Illumination

  • A new method for design space exploration and optimization, Surrogate-Assisted Illumination (SAIL), is presented. Inspired by robotics techniques designed to produce diverse repertoires of behaviors for use in damage recovery, SAIL produces diverse designs that vary according to features specified by the designer. By producing high-performing designs with varied combinations of user-defined features a map of the design space is created. This map illuminates the relationship between the chosen features and performance, and can aid designers in identifying promising design concepts. SAIL is designed for use with compu-tationally expensive design problems, such as fluid or structural dynamics, and integrates approximative models and intelligent sampling of the objective function to minimize the number of function evaluations required. On a 2D airfoil optimization problem SAIL is shown to produce hundreds of diverse designs which perform competitively with those found by state-of-the-art black box optimization. Its capabilities are further illustrated in a more expensive 3D aerodynamic optimization task.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Parent Title (English):18th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, AIAA AVIATION Forum. 5-9 June 2017, Denver, CO, USA
Place of publication:AIAA
Date of first publication:2017/05/06
Award:First price in the Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDO) Student Paper Competition
This work received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement number 637972, project "ResiBots") and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the Forschung an Fachhochschulen mit Unternehmen programme (grant agreement number 03FH012PX5 project "Aeromat").
Tag:3D design; Aerodynamics; Evolutionary algorithms; Illumination algorithms; Optimisation 3D; Surrogate Modelling
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Institut für Technik, Ressourcenschonung und Energieeffizienz (TREE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Entry in this database:2017/05/11