An Exploratory Framework for Combining CFD Analysis and Evolutionary Optimization into a Single Integrated Computational Environment

TitleAn Exploratory Framework for Combining CFD Analysis and Evolutionary Optimization into a Single Integrated Computational Environment
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMcCorkle DS, Bryden KM
Book TitleProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 2011, Vol 2, Pts A and B
CityNew York
PublisherAmer Soc Mechanical Engineers
Pages1589-1598
Chapter1589-1598
ISBN Number978-0-7918-5479-2
Accession NumberWOS:000324221200164
Keywordsdesign, genetic algorithms, shape optimization, systems, virtual-reality
Abstract

Several recent reports and workshops have identified integrated computational engineering as an emerging technology with the potential to transform engineering design. The goal is to integrate geometric models, analyses, simulations, optimization and decision-making tools, and all other aspects of the engineering process into a shared, interactive computer-generated environment that facilitates multidisciplinary and collaborative engineering. While integrated computational engineering environments can be constructed from scratch with high-level programming languages, the complexity of these proposed environments makes this type of approach prohibitively slow and expensive. Rather, a high-level software framework is needed to provide the user with the capability to construct an application in an intuitive manner using existing models and engineering tools with minimal programming. In this paper, we present an exploratory open source software framework that can be used to integrate the geometric models, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and optimization tools needed for shape optimization of complex systems. This framework is demonstrated using the multiphase flow analysis of a complete coal transport system for an 800 MW pulverized coal power station. The framework uses engineering objects and three-dimensional visualization to enable the user to interactively design and optimize the performance of the coal transport system.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:000324221200164
DOI10.1115/DETC2012-71430