Efficient Quantification of Uncertainties in Complex Computer Code Results

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CF65P
Agency Tracking Number:
090048
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
T5.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
IllinoisRocstar, LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive; P. O. Box 3001, Champaign, IL, 61826-3001
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
792045713
Principal Investigator:
William Dick
Principal Investigator
(217) 417-0885
wdick@illinoisrocstar.com
Business Contact:
William Dick
Chief Executive Officer
(217) 417-0885
wdick@illinoisrocstar.com
Research Institution:
University of Illinois
Not Available
OSPRA, 1901 S. First Street, Suite A
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 333-2187
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
This proposal addresses methods for efficient quantification of margins and uncertainties (QMU) for models that couple multiple, large-scale commercial or proprietary simulation codes, effective methods for treating epistemic uncertainty in large scale simulations, scalability to models with hundreds or thousands of uncertain parameters, and competition with traditional Monte Carlo Based methods. The Reduced-Order Clustering Uncertainty Quantification (ROCUQ) methodology described in this proposal has been under development over the past several years at the University of Illinois, and is being commercialized by IllinoisRocstar LLC. ROCUQ uses a combination of common stratified Monte Carlo techniques, coupled with well-chosen reduced order models, statistical clustering, and a few (less than tens) high-fidelity simulation runs to provide estimates of the uncertainty distributions for the System Response Quantities (SRQs) of interest to the modelers. The goal of the ROCUQ methodology is to minimize the number of high-fidelity, computationally-intensive simulation runs that are needed in order to provide estimates of output uncertainties of interest, especially when it is not possible to run the high-fidelity model more than a few (e.g., 5 to 10) times. ROCUQ has been, or is currently being applied to solid propellant rocket internal ballistics uncertainties, coupled fluid-structure interaction modeling of stresses in an Air Force Training Fighter wing, and structural dynamics/vibration of a specially-designed experimental apparatus for studying simulation validation under uncertainty.

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