Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Using Hybridized Differential Evolution

Nateri Madavan
2003 21st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference   unpublished
An aerodynamic shape optimization method that uses an evolutionary algorithm known at Differential Evolution (DE) in conjuction with various hybridization strategies is described. DE is a simple and robust evolutionary strategy that has been proven effective in determining the global optimum for several difficult optimization problems. Various hybridization strategies for DE are explored, including the use of neural networks as well as traditional local search methods. A Navier-Stokes solver is
more » ... used to evaluate the various intermediate designs and provide inputs to the hybrid DE optimizer. The method is implemented on distributed parallel computers so that new designs can be obtained within reasonable turnaround times. Results are presented for the inverse design of a turbine airfoil from a modern jet engine. (The final paper will include at least one other aerodynamic design application). The capability of the method to search large design spaces and obtain the optimal airfoils in an automatic fashion is demonstrated.
doi:10.2514/6.2003-3792 fatcat:akpl6grlzfh57nanxv53ilgjmu