11th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Portsmouth, VA

Authors: G. N. Vanderplaats
Publication Date: September 6-8, 2006

Design optimization technology has advanced a great deal over the last four decades so that, today, we can apply optimization to a very wide range of design tasks. Formal methods for considering multiple disciplines in the optimization process has not progressed as well due to the complexity of the task as well as the complexity of the methods proposed. The purpose here is to define a general design optimization approach that closely models traditional design methods while making maximum use of optimization. While it cannot always be demonstrated that a true optimum will result using the EMDO method, it is clear that this method will enhance the design process and lead to improved designs without dramatically changing the way engineers work.