Preliminary Design of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Using a Multiple-Objective Genetic Optimizer

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Virginia Tech

The process developed herein uses a Multiple Objective Genetic Optimization (MOGO) algorithm. The optimization is implemented in ModelCenter (MC) from Phoenix Integration. It uses a genetic algorithm that searches the design space for optimal, feasible designs by considering three Measures of Performance (MOPs): Cost, Effectiveness, and Risk. The complete synthesis model is comprised of an input module, the three primary AUV synthesis modules, a constraint module, three objective modules, and a genetic algorithm. The effectiveness rating determined by the synthesis model is based on nine attributes identified in the US Navy's UUV Master Plan and four performance-based attributes calculated by the synthesis model. To solve multi-attribute decision problems the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) is used. Once the MOGO has generated a final generation of optimal, feasible designs the decision-maker(s) can choose candidate designs for further analysis. A sample AUV Synthesis was performed and five candidate AUVs were analyzed.

MDO, Optimization, Genetic, Genetic Algorithm, AUV, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle