Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Using Feature based CAD Systems and Adjoint Methods

Dheeraj Agarwal, Simao Marques, Trevor Robinson, Cecil Armstrong, Philip Hewitt

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This paper presents a CAD-based optimization framework using adjoint functions for aerodynamic design. In this work, the SU2 code is used to obtain high-fidelity flow solutions and surface sensitivities using adjoint methods. This work proposes methodologies to exploit CAD models created using standard commercial modelling software like CATIA V5 in the optimization workflow. A formulation to obtain geometric sensitivities is introduced, enabling the calculation of gradients with respect to these CAD variables. The performance and robustness of the optimization framework is assessed using a range of inviscid and viscous problems. The results show the CAD parameterisation can be efficiently used in obtaining reliable optimums, while operating directly on feature based CAD systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, AIAA AVIATION Forum: Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2017

Publication series

NameAIAA Aviation Forum
PublisherAerospace research Central


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