TY - JOUR
A2 - Cosentino, Carlo
AU - Yin, Qian
AU - Wu, Yizhong
AU - Wang, Boxing
PY - 2017
DA - 2017/12/21
TI - A Method for Multidisciplinary System Analysis Based on Minimal Feedback Variables
SP - 1526041
VL - 2017
AB - As modern engineering design usually involves dependence of one discipline on another, multidisciplinary system analysis (MDSA) plays an important role in the multidisciplinary simulation and design optimization on coupled systems. The paper proposes an MDSA method based on minimal feedback variables (MDSA_MF) to enhance the solving efficiency. There are two phases in the method. In phase 1, design structural matrix (DSM) is introduced to represent a coupled system, and each off-diagonal element is denoted by a coupling variable set; then an optimal sequence model is built to obtain a reordered DSM with minimal number of feedback variables. In phase 2, the feedback in the reordered DSM is broken, so that the coupled system is transformed into one directed acyclic graph; then, regarding the inputs depending on the broken feedback as independent variables, a least-squares problem is constructed to minimize the residuals of these independents and corresponding outputs to zero, which means the multidisciplinary consistence is achieved. Besides, the MDSA_MF method is implemented in a multidisciplinary platform called FlowComputer. Several examples of coupled systems are modeled and solved in the platform using several MDSA methods. The results demonstrate that the proposed method could enhance the solving efficiency of coupled systems.
SN - 1024-123X
UR - https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/1526041
DO - 10.1155/2017/1526041
JF - Mathematical Problems in Engineering
PB - Hindawi
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ER -