Automated design of aircraft fuselage stiffeners using multiobjective evolutionary optimisation


Sarangkum R., Wansasueb K., Panagant N., Pholdee N., Bureerat S., Yildiz A. R. , ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VEHICLE DESIGN, vol.80, pp.162-175, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1504/ijvd.2019.109864
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VEHICLE DESIGN
  • Page Numbers: pp.162-175
  • Keywords: aircraft fuselage, multiobjective optimisation, rings and stringers, fuselage stiffeners, meta-heuristics, evolutionary algorithms, structural optimisation, constrained optimisation, aerodynamic, finite element analysis, TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION, DIFFERENTIAL EVOLUTION, CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, ALGORITHMS, PERFORMANCE

Abstract

This paper proposes an optimisation process for the design of aircraft fuselage stiffeners using evolutionary optimisation. A new design problem is developed to find a layout for fuselage stiffeners (rings and stringers) such that the structural mass, compliance, and the first-mode natural frequency can be optimised, subject to structural constraints. The stiffeners are modelled as beam elements. Three multiobjective meta-heuristics are employed to solve the problem, and a comparative study of the results of these optimisers is carried out. It is found that the proposed layout synthesis problem for aircraft fuselage stiffeners leads to a set of efficient structural solutions, which can be used at the decision-making stage. It is an automated design strategy with high potential for further investigation.