A New Fuzzy Analysis Method for Possibility-Based Design Optimization

Kyung Choi, Liu Du, Byeng Youn
2004 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference   unpublished
Structural analysis and design optimization have recently been extended to stochastic approach to take various uncertainties into account. However in areas whwew it is not possible to produce accurate statistical information, the probabilistic method is not appropriate for stochastic structural analysis and design optimization, since improper modeling of uncertainty could cause greater degree of statistical uncertainty than those of physical uncertainty. For uncertainty with insufficient
more » ... tion, possibility-based (or fuzzy set) methods have recently been introduced in stochastic structural analysis and design optimization. The main advantage of the fuzzy analysis is that it preserves the intrinsic random nature of physical variables through their membership functions and, when used for evaluation of designs, yields more conservative design than those from the probabilistic methods. There are two computational aspects in the fuzzy analysis compared to the probability analysis. First, the input fuzzy variables can be defined easier than the input random variables when no or very limited statistical data are available. Secondly, extended fuzzy operations are much simpler than those required to use probability, especially when a number of variables are involved. For possibility-based design optimization (PBDO), like for reliability-based design optimization (RBDO), the performance measure approach (PMA) with an inverse fuzzy analysis is more appropriate than other approaches, such as a possibility index approach. This paper proposes a new formulation of PBDO using PMA. It is also found that PBDO is more desirable than RBDO, since PBDO can inherently handle a system level possibility unlike RBDO. For the inverse fuzzy analysis, the maximal possibility search (MPS) method is proposed to improve numerical efficiency and accuracy comparing with the vertex method and the t Parametric coordinate along a line in n-dimensional cube
doi:10.2514/6.2004-4585 fatcat:delfidr3mbaojk2qlufyc5ztpe