The implementation and use of a framework in which engineering optimization problems can be analysed are described. In the first part, the foundations of the framework and the hierarchical asynchronous parallel multi-objective evolutionary algorithms (HAPMOEAs) are presented. These are based upon evolution strategies and incorporate the concepts of multi-objective optimization, hierarchical topology, asynchronous evaluation of candidate solutions, and parallel computing. The methodology is presented first and the potential of HAPMOEAs for solving multi-criteria optimization problems is demonstrated on test case problems of increasing difficulty. In the second part of the article several recent applications of multi-objective and multidisciplinary optimization (MO) are described. These illustrate the capabilities of the framework and methodology for the design of UAV and UCAV systems. The application presented deals with a two-objective (drag and weight) UAV wing plan-form optimization. The basic concepts are refined and more sophisticated software and design tools with low- and high-fidelity CFD and FEA models are introduced. Various features described in the text are used to meet the challenge in optimization presented by these test cases.
- Aerostructural optimization
- Game theory
- Multi-criteria evolutionary algorithms