Engineering design optimization using services and workflows


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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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.


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


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