Application of a Genetic Algorithm to Concept Variant Selection
This paper outlines a framework for applying a genetic algorithm to the selection of component variants between the conceptual and detailed design stages of product development. A genetic algorithm (GA) is defined for the problem and an example is presented that demonstrates its application and usefulness. Functional modeling techniques are used to formulate the design problem and generate the chromosomes that are evaluated with the algorithm. In the presented example, suitable GA parameters and the break-even point where the GA surpassed an enumerated search of the same solution space were found. Recommend uses of the GA along with limitations of the method and future work are presented as well.
R. B. Stone et al., "Application of a Genetic Algorithm to Concept Variant Selection," ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 2006.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Keywords and Phrases
Conceptual Design Stages; Detailed Design Stages; Functional Modeling Techniques; Genetic algorithms
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