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  • Innovations in a floating production system for optimizing costs

    An optimization process using modeFRONTIER is implemented with the aim of optimizing the design of a floating production system with the minimization of installation and operating cost in mind. The hull form was designed using a genetic algorithm, taking into account 7 parameters, and focusing on minimizing steel weight.

    paper 2017
  • A comparative assessment of ventilative and mechanical cooling for residential zero energy buildings considering the future climate

    In this study, a comparative assessment is performed between ventilation and mechanical cooling by assessing the performance of different design variants for different scenarios. This must help decision makers in the design process of residential buildings to achieve more future-proof zero energy houses. A methodology is proposed and applied to a case study building to compare the performance of both cooling strategies, and to find the most suitable strategies considering the future climate and various occupant scenarios.

    paper 2017
  • Aircraft conceptual design of a business jet (category Large) using Multidisciplinary Design Optimization techniques

    A Multidisciplinary Design Optimization approach considering closed-loop flight control laws was applied to a conceptual design of a large-cabin business jet.  The optimization algorithm used in this work is the Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm of second generation (MOGA-II algorithm) using modeFRONTIER. Two types of analysis were done: mono-objective, maximizing the internal rate of return, and multi-objective, maximizing the internal rate of return and minimizing Dubai – London City mission block time. 

    paper 2017
  • Development of a Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Framework Applied on UAV Design by Considering Models for Mission, Surveillance, and Stealth Performance

    This paper presents a Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) framework that is intended to be employed in the early design stages of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  A development approach for modeling the sensor performance and the radar signature is proposed and it is shown that their integration in a framework which also takes into account the geometry, the aerodynamics, the stability, and the mission simulation is feasible.

    paper 2017
  • Optimization of High lift device system deployment for takeoff performance

    This work presents a proposed framework intended to be used for the optimization of highlift devices, namely Flaps and Slats for the present study. This paper addresses a first phase of a work aimed at a complete tool of high lift devices using modeFRONTIER as the optimizer in the process. The study takes into account the experience of a company inserted in the aeronautical environment and of the databases constituted from old aircraft. 

    paper 2017
  • Planform Dependency of Optimum Supersonic Airfoil for Wing-Body-Nacelle Configuration Using Multi-Fidelity Design Optimization

    In this paper, supersonic wing design problems for supersonic transport (SST) with integrated engine intake and nacelle was discussed to obtain design knowledge of a supersonic airfoil with respect to wing planform dependency for a realistic configuration. Optimum wing designs were analyzed considering the interference between the engine intake, the nacelle, and the wing for two different planforms using a multi-fidelity design method.

    paper 2017
  • Multi-parameter Optimization of Double-Loop Fluidized Bed Solar Reactor for Thermochemical Fuel Production

    The design of a double-loop fluidized bed solar reactor, capable to develop a thermo-chemical two-step cycle to produce CO, has been optimized to reach the highest values of global efficiency.​

    paper 2017
  • Novel cost effective configurations of combined power plants for smalls scale cogeneration from biomass design of the particle heat exchanger

    A general design procedure have been developed for the application of the Immersed Particle Heat Exchanger to a novel, small scale, externally fired combined cycle capable of generating electrical and thermal power from carbon-neutral biomass. The Immersed Particle Heat Exchanger serves as the high temperature heat exchanger needed to couple the Brayton cycle with an external combustor of biom

    paper 2017
  • Energy Consumption Minimization in Railway System

    The optimization of train movements could make the railway system even less impacting on the environment by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Only in a limited number of cases train drivers are assisted by the so called Driver Advisory System which suggests energy-efficient speed profiles. The present study aims at minimizing energy consumption in both the planning phase, where train timetables are defined, and operational phase in which traffic may be perturbed by unexpected events.

    paper 2017
  • Multiobjective Sizing Optimization of a Steel Girder Bridge with a Simple Target–Driven approach

    The structure considered in this study is a bridge consisting of four identical and equally–spaced steel girders with flanges welded to the web. The beams are supposed to bear a concrete slab, an asphalt layer and two sidewalks. ​A reference optimization is performed by using the modeFRONTIER MOGA-II algorithm in order to find a series of compromise solutions between small seismic horizontal displacements and small weight values.

    paper 2017

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