Structural optimization strategies via different optimization and solver codes and aerospace applications

Ekren, Mustafa
In this thesis, structural optimization study is performed by using three different methods. In the first method, optimization is performed using MSC.NASTRAN Optimization Module, a commercial structural analysis program. In the second method, optimization is performed using the optimization code prepared in MATLAB and MSC.NASTRAN as the solver. As the third method, optimization is performed by using the optimization code prepared in MATLAB and analytical equations as the solver. All three methods provide certain advantages in the solution of optimization problems. Therefore, within the context of the thesis these methods are demonstrated and the interface codes specific to the programs used in this thesis are explained in detail. In order to compare the results obtained by the methods, the verification study has been performed on a cantilever beam with rectangular cross-section. In the verification study, the height and width of the cross-section of the beam are taken as the two design parameters. This way it has been possible to show the design space on the two dimensional graph, and it becomes easier to trace the progress of the optimization methods during each step. In the last section structural optimization of a multi-element wing torque box has been performed by the MSC.NASTRAN optimization module. In this section geometric property optimization has been performed for constant tip loading and variable loading along the wing span. In addition, within the context of shape optimization optimum rib placement problem has also been solved.


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Citation Formats
M. Ekren, “Structural optimization strategies via different optimization and solver codes and aerospace applications,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.