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Patch size setup and performance/cost trade-offs in multi-objective EM-driven antenna optimization using sequential domain patching

Slawomir Koziel (Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland, and Engineering Optimization and Modeling Center, School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Adrian Bekasiewicz (Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland, and Engineering Optimization and Modeling Center, School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to assess control parameter setup and its effect on computational cost and performance of deterministic procedures for multi-objective design optimization of expensive simulation models of antenna structures.

Design/methodology/approach

A deterministic algorithm for cost-efficient multi-objective optimization of antenna structures has been assessed. The algorithm constructs a patch connecting extreme Pareto-optimal designs (obtained by means of separate single-objective optimization runs). Its performance (both cost- and quality-wise) depends on the dimensions of the so-called patch, an elementary region being relocated in the course of the optimization process. The cost/performance trade-offs are studied using two examples of ultra-wideband antenna structures and the optimization results are compared to draw conclusions concerning the algorithm robustness and determine the most advantageous control parameter setups.

Findings

The obtained results indicate that the investigated algorithm is very robust, i.e. its performance is weakly dependent on the control parameters setup. At the same time, it is found that the most suitable setups are those that ensure low computational cost, specifically non-uniform ones generated on the basis of sensitivity analysis.

Research limitations/implications

The study provides recommendations for control parameter setup of deterministic multi-objective optimization procedure for computationally efficient design of antenna structures. This is the first study of this kind for this particular design procedure, which confirms its robustness and determines the most suitable arrangement of the control parameters. Consequently, the presented results permit full automation of the surrogate-assisted multi-objective antenna optimization process while ensuring its lowest possible computational cost.

Originality/value

The work is the first comprehensive validation of the sequential domain patching algorithm under various scenarios of its control parameter setup. The considered design procedure along with the recommended parameter arrangement is a robust and computationally efficient tool for fully automated multi-objective optimization of expensive simulation models of contemporary antenna structures.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Computer Simulation Technology AG, Darmstadt, Germany, for making CST Microwave Studio available. This work has been partially supported by the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) Grant 141272051 and by National Science Center, Poland, under grants 2013/11/B/ST7/04325 and 2014/12/T/ST7/00045.

Citation

Koziel, S. and Bekasiewicz, A. (2017), "Patch size setup and performance/cost trade-offs in multi-objective EM-driven antenna optimization using sequential domain patching", Engineering Computations, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 1070-1081. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-03-2016-0085

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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