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Optimization Methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics

Date: Sept. 7, 2020 - Sept. 11, 2020
Location: Online, , ,
Contact: secretariat@vki.ac.be
Phone: +3223599604

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Innovative optimization and design techniques for modern aircraft (manned or UAV/UCAV) and engine systems aiming at maximum performance in a multidisciplinary context (aerodynamic efficiency, safety, drag, losses, weight, strength, heat fluxes, emission, noise, …), are now rapidly moving from research labs to industrial real and virtual platforms. To reach concurrently this level of excellence, emergent optimization methodologies require more and more robust and efficient associated software for a daily use in industrial collaborative design environments.

This online course intends to provide the basic concepts and tools behind this technology, both in single discipline (single point or multi point design) and multidisciplinary (fluid-structure interaction, fluid-acoustics, conjugate heat transfer, …) context. Subjects which will be treated in detail include: gradient based and steepest descent methods, adjoint methods, one shot or goal oriented methods, evolutionary/differential evolution algorithms on parallel environments, game strategies like Pareto Fronts and Nash Equilibrium, parameterization, surrogate and reduced-order modeling (Radial Basis functions, Artificial Neural Networks, Kriging …), multifidelity modeling approaches, robust design, …

The content of this Course is oriented towards junior and experienced engineers and researchers involved in the field of multi disciplinary design and looking for innovative numerical solutions - or set of solutions- for complex multi criteria optimization problems.

The Lecture Series directors are Prof. Jacques Périaux, from CIMNE/Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya and Prof. Tom Verstraete from the von Karman Institute.

Monday 7 September 2020

  • 8:30 Welcome
  • 9:00 Introduction to optimization and multidisciplinary design I
    Dr. Tom Verstraete, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics/ Gent Universiteit, Belgium
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Introduction to optimization and multidisciplinary design II
    Dr. Tom Verstraete, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics/ Gent Universiteit, Belgium
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Aerodynamic shape optimization of turbomachinery components - an industrial perspective I
    Dr. Marcus Meyer, Rolls Royce Deutschland, Germany
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Aerodynamic shape optimization of turbomachinery components - an industrial perspective II
    Dr. Marcus Meyer, Rolls Royce Deutschland, Germany
  • 17:00 Reception

Tuesday 8 September 2020

  • 09:00 The Continuous Adjoint Method in Aerodynamic Optimization, with Applications
    Prof. Kyriakos Giannakoglou, National TU of Athens, Greece
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Efficient sensitivity computation using automatic differentiation
    Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Theoretical background for aerodynamic shape optimization
    Dr. John Vassberg, The Boeing Company, USA and Prof. A. Jameson, Texas A&M University, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Industrial applications of aerodynamic shape optimization
    Dr. John Vassberg, The Boeing Company, USA and Prof. A. Jameson, Texas A&M University, USA

Wednesday 9 September 2020

  • 09:00 Differentiable shape optimization
    Prof. Olivier Pironneau, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 CAD-based parametrisations for adjoint optimisation
    Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Adjoint approaches in aerodynamic shape optimization and MDO context, Part I
    Prof. Nicolas Gauger, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 CAdjoint approaches in aerodynamic shape optimization and MDO context, Part II
    Prof. Nicolas Gauger, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Thursday 10 September 2020

  • 09:00 CAD-based multidisciplinary optimization of turbomachinery components by gradient-based methods
    Dr. Tom Verstraete, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics/ Gent Universiteit, Belgium
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Low-Cost Evolutionary Optimization, with Engineering Applications
    Prof. Kyriakos Giannakoglou, National TU of Athens, Greece
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Speed up of hybridized Games Strategies/Evolutionary Algorithms and their applications to Aeronautics
    Prof. Jacques Périaux, CIMNE/UPC, Spain and Univ. of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 CAD-based multidisciplinary optimization of turbomachinery components by gradient-free methods
    Dr. Tom Verstraete, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics/ Gent Universiteit, Belgium

Friday 11 September 2020

  • 09:00 Adaptive surrogate modelling for global optimization in aerodynamic design, part I
    Prof. Richard Dwight, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Adaptive surrogate modelling for global optimization in aerodynamic design, part II
    Prof. Richard Dwight, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Machine Learning for Fluid Mechanics-- Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives
    Prof. Miguel Mendez, von Karman Institute, Belgium
  • 15:15 End of the lecture series

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