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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 275091, 11 pages
Research Article

Framework for the Shape Optimization of Aerodynamic Profiles Using Genetic Algorithms

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Alameda Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain

Received 26 July 2013; Revised 9 September 2013; Accepted 10 September 2013

Academic Editor: Waqar Khan

Copyright © 2013 D. López et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study developed a framework for the shape optimization of aerodynamics profiles using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and genetic algorithms. A genetic algorithm code and a commercial CFD code were integrated to develop a CFD shape optimization tool. The results obtained demonstrated the effectiveness of the developed tool. The shape optimization of airfoils was studied using different strategies to demonstrate the capacity of this tool with different GA parameter combinations.