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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 22)
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An Improved Parallel Optimization Framework for Transonic Airfoil Design

Mohammad Kashif Zahir and Zhenghong GAO
Corresponding Author:  Mohammad Kashif Zahir 

Key words:  Airfoil optimization, Hicks-Henne, Kriging, parallel processing, surrogate models, variable-fidelity,
Vol. 5 , (22): 5209-5216
Submitted Accepted Published
September 12, 2012 October 09, 2012 May 25, 2013

Variable Fidelity Optimization (VFO) is used to obtain a minimum drag transonic airfoil, at constant lift, subject to thickness and pitching moment constraints using several low fidelity solvers. VFO has emerged as an attractive method of performing, both, high-speed and high-fidelity optimization. VFO uses computationally inexpensive low-fidelity models, complemented by a surrogate to account for the difference between the high- and low-fidelity models, to obtain the optimum of the function efficiently and accurately. The authors’ original Variable Fidelity (VF) framework is modified for increased efficiency and accuracy by incorporating parallel evaluation and more constraints to the optimization problem. The method is found to be efficient and capable of finding the optimum that closely agrees with the results of high-fidelity optimization alone.
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Mohammad Kashif Zahir and Zhenghong GAO, 2013. An Improved Parallel Optimization Framework for Transonic Airfoil Design.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(22): 5209-5216.
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