Development of a Global/Local Approach and a Geometrically Non-linear Local Panel Analysis for Structural Design
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Depending on the nature of the problem, the reduced solution procedure is capable of computational savings of up to 60%+ compared to the full finite strip method. The reduced method is most effective in reducing the computational cost of the full method when the most significant portion of the cost of the full method is factorization of the assembled system matrices. The robustness and efficiency of the reduced solution procedure was found to be sensitive to the user specified error norm which is used during the reduced solution procedure to determine when to generate new sets of basis vectors.
In parallel with this effort, a new method for performing global/local design optimization of large complex structures (such as aircraft wings or fuselages) was developed. A simple and flexible interface between the global and local design levels was constructed using response surface methodology. The interface is constructed so as to minimize the changes required in either the global design code or the local design codes(s). Proper coupling is maintained between the global and local design levels via a "weight constraint" and the transfer of global stiffness information to the local level. The method was verified using a simple isotropic global wing model and the local panel design code PASCO.
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