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Crashworthiness optimization of circular tubes with functionally-graded thickness

Adil Baykasoglu (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey)
Cengiz Baykasoglu (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hitit University, Çorum, Turkey)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Article publication date: 4 July 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a new multi-objective optimization procedure for crashworthiness optimization of thin-walled structures especially circular tubes with functionally graded thickness.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed optimization approach is based on finite element analyses for construction of sample design space and verification; gene-expression programming (GEP) for generating algebraic equations (meta-models) to compute objective functions values (peak crash force and specific energy absorption) for design parameters; multi-objective genetic algorithms for generating design parameters alternatives and determining optimal combination of them. The authors have also utilized linear and non-linear least square regression meta-models as a benchmark for GEP.

Findings

It is shown that the proposed approach is able to generate Pareto optimal designs which are in a very good agreement with the actual results.

Originality/value

The paper presents the application of a genetic programming-based method, namely, GEP first time in the literature. The proposed approach can be used to all kinds of related crashworthiness problems.

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Citation

Baykasoglu, A. and Baykasoglu, C. (2016), "Crashworthiness optimization of circular tubes with functionally-graded thickness", Engineering Computations, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 1560-1585. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-08-2015-0245

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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