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Development of a Microcomputer-based engineering Design Optimization software package

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Authors
Booth, Richard L.
Subjects
Optimization
Microcomputer
Desktop Computer
Engineering Design
Advisors
Vanderplaats, G.N.
Date of Issue
1983-12
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
Abstract
A general purpose software package was developed to perform nonlinear constrained optimization of user-defined engineering design problems of significant complexity using desktop computers. The package, designated Microcomputerbased Design Optimization Tool (MDOT), will accept nonlinear functions of up to ten variables, which may be bounded, with as many as fifty constraints. It was implemented on a Hewlett-Packard Model 85 microcomputer with 32 Kbytes of random access memory. MDOT employs the method of feasible directions for constrained optimization, and a variable metric method for unconstrained functions. It is interactive, provides for monitoring the optimization progress, and can be interrupted to restart from a new point in the design space. Typical applications of MDOT are in the design of machine components, composite laminates, and piping systems.
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Mechanical Engineering
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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