Advances in hierarchical, parallel evolutionary algorithms for aerodynamic shape optimisation

Eric J. Whitney*, Mourad Sefrioui, Karkenahalli Srinivas, Jacques Periaux

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The paper presents the recent developments in Hierarchical Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms to speed up optimisation of aerodynamic shapes. One is the implementation of different models in different layers of a Parallel Genetic Algorithm. The other is Asynchronous Hierarchical Evolution Strategy. These methods are employed to reconstruct a one-dimensional transonic nozzle and a two-dimensional aerofoil shape. Considerable speed up is achieved as a result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalJSME International Journal, Series B: Fluids and Thermal Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2002


  • Aerodynamic optimisation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Hierarchical parallel evolutionary algorithms
  • Hierarchical parallel genetic algorithms


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