Weed, Richard A.

Committee Member

Thompson, David S.

Committee Member

Janus, J. Mark

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 6 months||12/15/2020

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


A study was performed to compare two different methods for generating surrogate models for the analysis and design of airfoils. Initial research was performed to compare the accuracy of surrogate models for predicting the lift and drag of an airfoil with data collected from highidelity simulations using a modern CFD code along with lower-order models using a panel code. This was followed by an evaluation of the Class Shape Trans- formation (CST) method for parameterizing airfoil geometries as a prelude to the use of surrogate models for airfoil design optimization and the implementation of software to use CST to modify airfoil shapes as part of the airfoil design process. Optimization routines were coupled with surrogate modeling techniques to study the accuracy and efficiency of the surrogate models to produce optimal airfoil shapes. Finally, the results of the current research are summarized, and suggestions are made for future research.



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