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Aerodynamic robust optimization of flying wing aircraft based on interval method

Yalin Pan (School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beihang University , Beijing, China)
Jun Huang (School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beihang University , Beijing, China)
Feng Li ( China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics , Beijing, China)
Chuxiong Yan (School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beihang University , Beijing, China)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a robust optimization strategy to deal with the aerodynamic optimization issue, which does not need a large sum of information on the uncertainty of input parameters.

Design/methodology/approach

Interval numbers were adopted to describe the uncertain input, which only requires bounds and does not necessarily need probability distributions. Based on the method, model outputs were also regarded as intervals. To identify a better solution, an order relation was used to rank interval numbers.

Findings

Based on intervals analysis method, the uncertain optimization problem was transformed into nested optimization. The outer optimization was used to optimize the design vector, and inner optimization was used to compute the interval of model outputs. A flying wing aircraft was used as a basis for uncertainty optimization through the suggested optimization strategy, and optimization results demonstrated the validity of the method.

Originality/value

In aircraft conceptual design, the uncertain information of design parameters are often insufficient. Interval number programming method used for uncertainty analysis is effective for aerodynamic robust optimization for aircraft conceptual design.

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Citation

Pan, Y., Huang, J., Li, F. and Yan, C. (2017), "Aerodynamic robust optimization of flying wing aircraft based on interval method", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 89 No. 3, pp. 491-497. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-09-2016-0145

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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