Risk and Uncertainty Management for Multidisciplinary System Design and Optimization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0647
Agency Tracking Number: N071-091-1238
Amount: $749,105.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-091
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
2890 Carpenter Road, Suite 1900, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 134722656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Geng Zhang
 Research Engineer
 (734) 477-5710
Business Contact
 Christina Vlahopoulos
Title: President
Phone: (734) 358-0777
Email: christinavl@miengsrv.com
Research Institution
The US General Accounting Office (USGAO) has identified that capturing design knowledge in terms of expected performance and cost comprises a critical exit requirement for transitioning from system integration to demonstration [GAO-02-701]. The sponsor states “The objective of the UWD&O program is to develop computational tools and simulation-based methodology to optimize undersea weaponry system designs with respect to cost and performance.” In addition, a recommendation of the USGAO for the Secretary of the Navy is “to develop a confidence level for all ship cost estimates, based on risk and uncertainty analyses” [GAO-05-183]. Based on these recommendations, Michigan Engineering Services LLC (MES) will perform research for creating a capability for Cost based Multi-discipline Design Optimization under Uncertainty (Cost-MDO-U) that will optimize the life cycle cost of a performance driven system while accounting for uncertainty. With the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, Pub. L. No. 109-364 §§ 820, 853 (2006), Congress is requiring DoD for a systems engineering and cost estimating revitalization of DoD programs. The new Cost-MDO-U capability will be the outcome of the research and will provide the means for meeting the above mentioned requirement imposed by the Congress. Established MES products in MDO under uncertainty, finite element analysis, and the network of statistical metamodels, will comprise the foundation of the proposed innovations, thus maximizing the impact of the sponsor’s funding. The new innovations will be utilized by Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems for performing a cost based design analysis of a typical unmanned underwater vehicle in order to demonstrate the value and applicability of the new product in designing torpedoes and other unmanned underwater vehicles.

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