Goal programming applications in multidisciplinary design optimization

Charles D. McAllister, Timothy W. Simpson, Mike Yukish

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In this paper, we begin to explore the ramifications of a goal programming approach for multidisciplinary design optimization based on the Collaborative Optimization framework. Working within an existing computing architecture for simulation-based design, we propose a bi-level goal programming formulation of Collaborative Optimization to automate the design synthesis of complex systems, with particular emphasis on undersea vehicles. A brief overview of the simulation-based design computing architecture that has been developed is given. To demonstrate the proposed bi-level goal programming approach, the multidisciplinary design and optimization of an undersea vehicle containing four subsystem level analyses and a system-level analysis is presented. A traditional single-level optimization solution is also presented to provide a benchmark for comparison. While the bi-level goal programming approach is computationally more expensive, it does improve overall system performance by automating subsystem synthesis and arbitration during optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Event8th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization 2000 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 6 2000Sep 8 2000


Other8th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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