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1994

Old Dominion University

Aerodynamic

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Three-Dimensional Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Using Discrete Sensitivity Analysis, Gregory Wayne Burgreen Apr 1994

Three-Dimensional Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Using Discrete Sensitivity Analysis, Gregory Wayne Burgreen

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Theses & Dissertations

An aerodynamic shape optimization procedure based on discrete sensitivity analysis is extended to treat three-dimensional geometries. The function of sensitivity analysis is to directly couple computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with numerical optimization techniques, which facilitates the construction of efficient direct-design methods. The development of a practical three-dimensional design procedures entails many challenges, such as: (1) the demand for significant efficiency improvements over current design methods; (2) a general and flexible three-dimensional surface representation; and (3) the efficient solution of very large systems of linear algebraic equations. It is demonstrated that each of these challenges is overcome by: (1) employing fully ...