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Monotonicity and Active Set Strategies in Probabilistic Design Optimization

[+] Author Affiliations
Kuei-Yuan Chan, Steven J. Skerlos, Panos Y. Papalambros

University of Michigan

Paper No. IMECE2005-80965, pp. 827-836; 10 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


Probabilistic design optimization addresses the presence of uncertainty in design problems. Extensive studies on Reliability-Based Design Optimization (RBDO), i.e., problems with random variables and probabilistic constraints, have focused on improving computational efficiency of estimating values for the probabilistic functions. In the presence of many probabilistic inequality constraints, computational costs can be reduced if probabilistic values are computed only for constraints that are known to be active or likely active. This article presents an extension of monotonicity analysis concepts from deterministic problems to probabilistic ones, based on the fact that several probability metrics are monotonic transformations. These concepts can be used to construct active set strategies that reduce the computational cost associated with handling inequality constraints, similarly to the deterministic case. Such a strategy is presented as part of a sequential linear programming algorithm along with a numerical example.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Design , Optimization



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