A critical look at design automation solutions for collaborative MDO in the AGILE paradigm

Imco van Gent, Benedikt Aigner, Bastiaan Beijer, Gianfranco La Rocca

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This paper presents a critical discussion on the automated problem formulation and workflow creation approach developed within the European project AGILE to support and accelerate the setup of aircraft MDO workflows in a large, heterogeneous team of experts. The developed framework is based on a methodological approach, called the AGILE paradigm, where a complete MDO system is formulated and executed in five main steps. In Step I the requirements are collected, in Step II a repository of disciplinary tools is established, in Step III the design optimization problem is formulated and structured according to a selected MDO architecture, in Step IV an executable workflow is assembled and finally operated in Step V. All steps have been streamlined and highly automated through the development of a novel set of MDO support applications and data standards, addressed as the AGILE MDO framework. This framework was tested through a series of design campaigns culminating with four design tasks, where a variety of unconventional aircraft configurations is collaboratively designed using MDO. After a brief introduction on the AGILE paradigm and the four design tasks, this paper will focus on a set of AGILE framework core components enabling the automated process to formulate and execute collaborative MDO systems. The strengths and current limitations of these components are discussed, based on the extensive feedback from the heterogeneous set of specialists involved in the four design tasks. Although drastic reductions in the setup time of an MDO system (up to 40 percent) appear to be already achievable, recommendations are provided to improve the flexibility, usability and scalability of the framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781624105500
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018 - [state] GA, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


Conference19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
City[state] GA


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