Design Optimization

Purpose and focus of SIG

The computer-optimisation of engineering designs is one of the most powerful emerging technologies for many industries. Most technical designs are currently based on the intuition and the experience of the design engineer. In the future computer optimisation will greatly assist the engineer in the search for the optimal solution to a given problem. Due to the high CPU requirements for CFD simulations, computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has not been a natural first candidate for the application of optimisation methods. Yet, increased computer performance and advanced optimisation methods will allow the broad application of optimisation methods to CFD problems within a 3-5 year time frame.

The goal of the Design Optimisation SIG is to foster the spread of this technology in Europe. It will form a framework for closer co-operation between the research groups working on the subject and serve as a platform for the information exchange from science to industry. One of the most important goals is the transfer of information, and thereby technology, to companies not currently engaged in the technology.

These goals can best be achieved through regular workshops. The workshops will be organised to serve the following goals:

  • To present the basic scientific concepts.
  • To communicate the experience in the application of the technology.
  • To foster communication between industry and academia.
  • To discuss currently available as well as new concepts.
  • To give an overview of existing software and methods.
  • To define and run benchmark test cases.

SIG workshops will not be limited to CFD applications, as one of the goals of the organisation is to benefit from the experience already gained in other areas such as structural mechanics and aeroacoustics.

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