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  • Multi-objective Optimization of A-Class Catamaran Foils Adopting a Geometric Parameterization Based on RBF Mesh Morphing

    The design of sailing boats appendages requires taking in consideration a large amount of design variables and diverse sailing conditions. The operative conditions of dagger boards depend on the equilibrium of the forces and moments acting on the system. This equilibrium has to be considered when designing modern fast foiling catamarans, where the appendages accomplish both the tasks of lifting up the boat and to make possible the upwind sailing by balancing the sail side force. In this scenario, the foil performing in all conditions has to be defined as a trade-off among contrasting needs.

    paper 2017
  • Multiobjective sizing optimization of seismic isolated reinforced concrete structures

    A well-designed base isolation system can largely reduce seismic loadings transferred to the superstructure and it not only enables to immediately reduce the superstructure building cost, but also to reduce the maintenance costs incurred after every earthquake during the building lifetime. To better understand these factors, this paper presents an efficient numerical optimization technique for comparing the responses of a base-isolated and a traditional fixed-base reinforced concrete ordinary building under the same type of solicitations and seismic spectra, as appropriate for each case.

    paper 2017
  • Design and simulation of additive manufactured structures of three component composite material

    Lattice structures have become widespread in many areas. Their obvious advantage is the light weight and significant cost savings of a material. Application of unidirectional composite materials allows preserve the exceptional strength properties of composites in construction regardless of the loading direction. For this reason, the lattice composite structures are actively used in the aerospace industry. The goal of this work is the study of the property change of lattice structures of three component composite materials depending on their parameters, as well as the determination of optimal configurations of these structures.​ 

    paper 2017
  • Energy and daylighting optimization for an office with fixed and movable shading devices

    In this paper, external fixed shading device geometry is optimized in order to reduce the overall energy consumption in an office room provided with an extensive glazing and moveable Venetian blinds.  The optimizer modeFRONTIER drives the optimization using DAYSIM for internal illuminance and lighting electrical loads computation and ESP-r for building energy simulation. Here both the FAST and NSGA II genetic algorithms have been applied using the simplified approach of DAYSIM.

    paper 2016
  • Parametric Optimization of a Ladder Vehicle Chassis

    In this optimization process, modeling and simulation are done by coupling softwares ANSYS and modeFRONTIER. The objective is the reduction of dimensions of a vehicle ladder chassis, using a Cargo C-816 model, conceptually compound by two stringers and five traverse beams that connect them. FEA and concepts of manufacturing processes and mechanic of materials are used to certify the structure’s integrity after the initial volume reduction.

    paper 2016
  • Supporting Exploration of Design Alternatives using Multivariate Analysis Algorithms

    This study of a sports center investigates using modeFRONTIER's set of multivariate analysis algorithms for exploration of the design space.The proposed method is computationally efficient and integrated into an environment familiar to architects. It relies on algorithms together with database querying capabilities available in PostgreSQL and a developed dashboard, which uses the Grasshopper interface.

    paper 2016
  • Design of Radial Turbines Operating in the Organic Rankine Cycle Using Optimization and CFD

    This thesis proposes a methodology for the development of an appropriate tool for the design of radial turbines that are used in subcritical Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC). The integration of CFD techniques, construction of response surfaces using Radial Basis Function (RBF) and genetic algorithms form the proposed design process.

    paper 2016
  • A CAD-based method for multi-objectives optimization of mechanical products

    This study integrates three different levels of analysis: optimization problem definition, virtual prototyping and design optimization in order to reduce manufacturing time and cost in the mechanical field. The test case is a modular structure used in armchairs with the purpose of redesigning it to find an optimal solution with the use of CAD models, FEM software, and modeFRONTIER.

    paper 2016
  • Aerodynamic Optimization of High Speed Propellers

    In this thesis work, the focus is on the optimization of a new blade type Boxprop, a newly developed part used in aero-engines. The proposed design approach presents an optimization framework, a geometric parametrization, geometry creation, and mesh generation, in order to optimize the Boxprop concept by means of genetic algorithms.

    paper 2016
  • A Parametric Optimization Approach to Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect A Case Study in Ancona, Italy

    This research was conducted in order to identify the mutual dynamic relationships between different attributes of the urban morphology and meteorological parameters of a Mediterranean city. Analysis of the case study of Ancona, Italy allowed various city parameters to be tested for sustainability and their effectiveness in mitigating the urban heat island effect with the use of modeFRONTIER NSGA-II algorithm.

    paper 2016

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