Optimization of multistage depressed collectors using fem and parallel algorithm MeTEO

Salvatore Coco (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e Informatica, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
Antonino Laudani (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)
Giuseppe Pulcini (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)
Francesco Riganti Fulginei (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)
Alessandro Salvini (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims the application of a novel hybrid algorithm, called MeTEO, based on the combination of three heuristics inspired by artificial life to the optimization of electrodes voltages of multistage depressed collector.

Design/methodology/approach

The flock-of-starlings optimization (FSO), the particle swarm optimization (PSO) and the bacterial chemotaxis algorithm (BCA) were adapted to implement a hybrid and parallel algorithm: the FSO has been powerfully employed for exploring the whole space of solutions, whereas the PSO+BCA has been used to refine the FSO-found solutions, exploiting their better performances in local search.

Findings

The optimization of the voltage of the electrodes of multistage depressed collector are efficiently handled with a moderate computational effort.

Practical implication

The development of an efficient method for the solution of a complicated electromagnetic optimization problem, exploiting the different characteristic of different approaches based on evolutionary computation algorithm.

Originality/value

The paper shows that the combination of stochastic methods having different exploration properties with appositely developed FE electromagnetic simulator allows us to produce effective solutions of multimodal electromagnetic optimization problems, with an acceptable computational cost.

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Citation

Coco, S., Laudani, A., Pulcini, G., Riganti Fulginei, F. and Salvini, A. (2013), "Optimization of multistage depressed collectors using fem and parallel algorithm MeTEO", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 1955-1963. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2012-0207

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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