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Sensitivity Analysis Methods for Complex, Multidisciplinary Systems

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Sensitivity Analysis Methods for Complex, Multidisciplinary Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0048
Award Amount: $99,793.00


ABSTRACT: The objective of this proposal is to develop efficient sensitivity analysis methods based on adjoint techniques for multi-disciplinary time-dependent problems. The approach is based on the discrete adjoint, which will be derived and implemented on a software component basis, with the various multidisciplinary software components being linked together through a Python interface, thus preserving modularity, and enabling the application of the adjoint approach to legacy disciplinary solvers. For the Phase 1 project, the emphasis will be on non-linear time-dependent aeroelastic problems, and the adjoint derived sensitivities will be used to drive a flutter optimization problem. The approach will be fully verifiable to machine precision by including a scripted complex variable verification capability. The overall approach is designed to be extendable in Phase 2 to more complex multidisciplinary problems involving additional disciplines such as aerothermodynamics, and to provide an eventual path forward towards higher order sensitivity methods for use in optimization and/or uncertainty quantification. BENEFIT: The extension of adjoint methods to time-dependent multidisciplinary problems will enable new capabilities in computational aerospace engineering. Aeroelastic optimization through optimal selection of structural parameters and tradeoffs between aerodynamic performance and structural rigidity will be enabled. This will be of immediate use to government programs involved in the design of conventional fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, high altitude UAVs, and other non-conventional configurations. Commercial applications include the development of design tools for fixed and rotary wing commercial aircraft that combine in a unified manner both structural and aerodynamic design considerations.

Principal Investigator:

Dimitri Mavriplis
Member LLC
(307) 399-8717

Business Contact:

Dimitri Mavriplis
Member LLC
(307) 399-8717
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Simulations LLC
1582 Inca Laramie, WY -

EIN/Tax ID: 204931024
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Wyoming
Research Office, Dept 3355
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2071
Contact: Dorothy Yates
Contact Phone: (307) 766-5320