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Multi-Objective Optimization of a Segmented Lunar Wheel Concept

[+] Author Affiliations
Michele Faragalli, Damiano Pasini, Peter Radzizsewski

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Paper No. DETC2011-47946, pp. 463-470; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The goal of this work is to develop a systematic method for optimizing the structural design of a segmented wheel concept to improve its operating performance. In this study, a wheel concept is parameterized into a set of size and shape design variables, and a finite element model of the wheel component is created. A multi-objective optimization problem is formulated to optimize its directional compliance and reduce stress concentrations, which has a direct affect on the efficiency, traction, rider comfort, maneuverability, and reliability of the wheel. To solve the optimization problem, a Matlab-FE simulation loop is built and a multi-objective genetic algorithm is used to find the Pareto front of optimal solutions. A trade-off design is selected which demonstrates an improvement from the original concept. Finally, recommendations will be made to apply the structural optimization framework to alternative wheel conceptual designs.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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