Advisor

Rais-Rohani, Masoud

Committee Member

Eamon, Christopher

Committee Member

Lacy, Thomas

Date of Degree

1-1-2006

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Engineering

Department

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

Structural reinforcement layout optimization can be a very useful tool in the preliminary stages of design. In this research, sizing optimization techniques are used to generate results very similar to traditional layout optimization techniques with advantages in composite modeling and available strength and stability responses. Both linear and nonlinear sizing-to-design variable relationships are applied to a composite advanced sail design problem with high and low-complexity finite element models. An alternate methodology based on fractionalactorial-design and response surface modeling is also presented with promising results for finding the globally optimum reinforcement layout design. The stiffener layouts obtained from the different approaches are used to define an improved stiffener layout for sizing optimization for minimum weight. A weight savings of more than 19% is obtained over a baseline model using these methodologies.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/18385

Comments

response surface||gradient-based optimization||design of experiments

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