(Dr. Robert Fulton, advisor)
"Object Oriented Paradigm for Optimization Model Enhancement"
Main aim of this research is to develop an object oriented paradigm
for multi disciplinary optimization to facilitate the design process.
When complex products become more complex, tools that automatically search
for optimum design among a myriad of alternatives become increasingly necessary.
This paper proposes the research to address how to deal with the design
complexity in context of optimization model construction, enhancement,
classification and solution by utilizing engineering information
techniques. The expected product of this research is a methodology, called
Optimization Model Enhancement Paradigm (OMEP) to develop knowledge representation
for multi disciplinary optimization models. Particular emphasis will
be on optimization model building with product specific information, optimization
model and automated optimization capability. OMEP is being developed
to handle diversity of analysis models, optimization models, methods and
tools in multi disciplinary systems. OMEP will be utilized and validated
by the proposed test cases;10-Bar Truss, welded beam, solder joint fatigue
and PWA assembly with heat sink. The significance of this research
is modularity, breaks the system into natural objects, support for enhancement
in optimization and explicit representation of optimization problems.