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Equality Constraints in Multiobjective Robust Design Optimization: Implications and Tradeoffs

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Sirisha Rangavajhala, Anoop A. Mullur, Achille Messac

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Paper No. IMECE2005-79961, pp. 275-289; 15 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4215-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


In the present paper, we explore issues in handling equality constraints in multiobjective robust design optimization (RDO) problems. Satisfying an equality constraint exactly under uncertainty can be a challenging task. The challenge of handling equality constraints is compounded in multiobjective RDO problems. Modeling the tradeoffs between the mean of the performance and the variation of the performance for each design objective in a multiobjective RDO problem is a complex task by itself. Equality constraints add to this complexity because of the additional tradeoffs that are introduced between constraint satisfaction under uncertainty and multiobjective performance. Satisfying equality constraints at their mean values, an approach typically followed, could lead to undesirable results. In this paper, we study the implications of equality constraint satisfaction in a multiobjective RDO problem, and provide a new problem formulation approach to resolve the above discussed tradeoffs. We illustrate that the proposed formulation can be used as an effective multiobjective design space exploration tool, with emphasis on equality constraint satisfaction under uncertainty. We present numerical examples to illustrate our theoretical developments.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Design , Optimization



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