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Engineering design optimization using services and workflows


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Crick, T., Dunning, P., Kim, H. A. and Padget, J., 2009. Engineering design optimization using services and workflows. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 367 (1898), pp. 2741-2751.

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Abstract

Multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) is the process whereby the often conflicting requirements of the different disciplines to the engineering design process attempts to converge upon a description that represents an acceptable compromise in the design space. We present a simple demonstrator of a flexible workflow framework for engineering design optimization using an e-Science tool. This paper provides a concise introduction to MDO, complemented by a summary of the related tools and techniques developed under the umbrella of the UK e-Science programme that we have explored in support of the engineering process. The main contributions of this paper are: (i) a description of the optimization workflow that has been developed in the Taverna workbench, (ii) a demonstrator of a structural optimization process with a range of tool options using common benchmark problems, (iii) some reflections on the experience of software engineering meeting mechanical engineering, and (iv) an indicative discussion on the feasibility of a ‘plug-and-play’ engineering environment for analysis and design.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsCrick, T., Dunning, P., Kim, H. A. and Padget, J.
DOI10.1098/rsta.2009.0035
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Science > Computer Science
Research CentresInnovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC)
Aerospace Engineering Research Centre
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code14947
Additional InformationProceedings paper from the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting. Edinburgh, Scotland, 8-11 September, 2008

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