An Efficient Adjoint-Based Approach for Computational Electromagnetic Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0176
Agency Tracking Number: N121-015-0815
Amount: $79,890.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-015
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Tech-X Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, 80303-1379
DUNS: 806486692
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Travis Austin
 VP-Senior Scientist
 (303) 473-9286
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Controller
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Research Institution
Antennas optimized for free space environments often have sub-optimal performance when placed in an in-situ environment. Nearby structures can alter the radiation pattern of the antenna or conversely the antenna can alter the radiation pattern of nearby antenna. In either case, there is a need to optimize these antenna for the in-situ environment. Furthermore, these optimization tools must be efficient and find ways to avoid the high computational costs associated with forward solves. Typically, for antenna calculations, forward solves can require hours or even days thus implying that any optimization tool requiring hundreds of forward solves is infeasible. In this project, we propose to examine modern optimization algorithms, referred to as adjoint methods, that minimize the number of forward solves. In addition to the adjoint methods, we will explore algorithms that have strong convergence and thus require only a small number of iterations to find a converged optimal solution. To ensure that these tools are easy to use, we will explore their usage with a commercial computational antenna code called WIPL-D. We will show that an optimization toolkit can be built that easily interfaces with WIPL-D or any other commercial antenna code.

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