Evolving an Aircraft Using a Parametric Design System

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Jonathan Byrne, Philip Cardiff, Anthony Brabazon, Michael O’Neill: Evolving an Aircraft Using a Parametric Design System. In: EvoMUSART 2014, S. 119-130.




Traditional CAD tools generate a static solution to a design problem. Parametric systems allow the user to explore many variations on that design theme. Such systems make the computer a generative design tool and are already used extensively as a rapid prototyping technique in architecture and aeronautics. Combining a design generation tool with an evolutionary algorithm provides a methodology for optimising designs. This works uses NASA’s parametric aircraft design tool (OpenVSP) and an evolutionary algorithm to evolve a range of aircraft that maximise lift and reduce drag while remaining within the framework of the original design. Our approach allows the designer to automatically optimise their chosen design and to generate models with improved aerodynamic efficiency.

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booktitle={Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
editor={Romero, Juan and McDermott, James and Correia, João},
title={Evolving an Aircraft Using a Parametric Design System},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44335-4_11 http://de.evo-art.org/index.php?title=Evolving_an_Aircraft_Using_a_Parametric_Design_System },
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
author={Byrne, Jonathan and Cardiff, Philip and Brabazon, Anthony and O’Neill, Michael},

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