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Pseudo-Hierarchical Multistage Model for System of Systems Design and Operations

[+] Author Affiliations
Harrison M. Kim, I. Jessica Hidalgo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Paper No. DETC2007-35825, pp. 371-385; 15 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 33rd Design Automation Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4807-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper describes a multilevel, multistage approach to system of systems design optimization where a system design is linked with system allocation along the multistage decision making horizon. The approach is composed of two parts: pseudo-hierarchical formulation (i.e., how to model the stages of multiple, separate decision making processes), and multistage coordination (i.e., how efficiently the proposed model would perform). The pseudo-hierarchical formulation integrates multilevel optimization and multistage programming to capture level-by-level and stage-by-stage system design optimization. The multistage coordination is based on the alternating directions method that is incorporated as an efficient means to solve this inherently largescale optimization problem. An example on collaborative system operation and design between an airline and an aircraft manufacturer validates the methodology where an airline plans to introduce multiple new aircraft to capture dynamically changing demand of the customers. The proposed methodology is validated against the all-in-one approach and the sequential approach.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Design



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