Advanced visualization techniques for trade space exploration

John J. O'Hara, Gary M. Stump, Michael A. Yukish, E. Nathan Harris, Gregory J. Hanowski, Atherton Carty

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


Recent advances in modeling and simulation technology have made it feasible to generate large datasets of design alternatives and their attributes in a relatively short amount of time. However, tools to understand and explore these datasets are limited. To this end, the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University has been developing a tool, entitled the ARL Trade Space Visualizer (ATSV) to support multi-dimensional trade space exploration. The ARL, in conjunction with the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has extended the tool to tackle several real world design challenges. In response to the needs of the engineering teams at Lockheed Martin, several key enhancements to the ATSV have been designed and implemented. These enhancements include contour plotting in two dimensions; isosurface generation in three dimensions; multiple independent brushing controls; and k-means cluster analysis. This paper will describe the full capabilities of the tool, as well as give an example of the types of design optimization performed by Lockheed Martin. The paper will focus on using the advanced visualization techniques to discover relationships within the dataset that would otherwise prove difficult to extract using traditional analysis techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1563478927, 9781563478925
StatePublished - 2007
Event48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - Waikiki, HI, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2007Apr 26 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
ISSN (Print)0273-4508


Other48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikiki, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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