International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM 2019): Beyond the Information Age

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Results from the GIVEN-Project were presented at 25th International Conference on MCDM 2019: Beyond the Information Age in Istanbul (Turkey). Johanna Schultes and Onur Tanil Doganay held contributed talks in the session “multiobjective optimization with engineering applications ” with the topics:

  • Biobjective Shape Optimization Using Weighted Sums: Probability of Failure versus Costs.
  • Gradient-Based Biobjective Shape Optimization: Probability of Failure versus Cost.

Both talks were held on the same shape optimization problem and presented different biobjective solution approaches that were explored in the last year.

The MCDM Conference is a biannual conference run by the International Society of MCDM (Multi Criteria Decision Making) . It featured 222 talks and had 261 participants from nearly 40 different countries. This conference has a broad spectrum of attendees which include people with a background in mathematics, computer science, engineering and psychology coming from academia, research laboratories and industry.

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19)

Two members of the GIVEN-Consortium participated in this year’s SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering with the following two contributions:

  • Generation of Structured Meshes for Shape Optimization (Contributed talk)
  • Blocked Multigrid Methods for Structured Matrices (Poster)
Both contributions showed recent advances that had been made by the project in the past year.

The SIAM CSE conference is a biannual conference run by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and its Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering in cooperation withe the GAMM Fachausschuss CSE. It is the largest SIAM conference with about 2000 participants.

This year the community convened in the city of Spokane, WA. The audience was naturally interdiscplinary, ranging from mathematicians to engineers with attendees from academia, research laboratories and industry.

Poster Presentation at the Women in Optimization 2019 Workshop (Bonn)

Johanna Schultes of the GIVEN consortium participated at the workshop Women in Optimization and presented a poster about results of current research with the topic: “Biobjective Shape Optimization to Improve Reliability and Costs of Ceramic Components using Weighted Sums”.

The workshop series “Women in Optimization” is every two years and addresses young female researchers, doctoral students and mathematical students with focus on optimization and covers the wide scientific spectrum of mathematical optimization and its numeric. The aim of the workshop is the further education of young researchers as well as the opportunity of networking in the optimization community.

This year, the workshop took place at the University of Bonn. It combined lectures by experienced scientists with poster presentation by junior researches and offered a lot of space for academic discussions.

Recent Advances in Multi-Objective Optimization 2018 (Nantes), France

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Visualisation of the Stress Field in one Component

The GIVEN-Consortium participated in the workshop „Recent Advances in Multi-Objective Optimization 2018“ (RAMOO 2018) in Nantes, France with the contribution „Gradient-Based Biobjective Shape Optimization of Ceramic Components: Probability of Failure versus Cost“. This workshop is a recurring format in the multi-objective optimization community and focuses on the latest advances in exact methods in multi-objective (mixed) integer optimization.

The workshop aims to foster technical discussions and interactions between the workshop attendees who range from young researchers (master and doctoral students) to senior researchers (academic researchers and practitioners). This specialization in multi-objective optimization topics and the low barriers for discussions help to boost the whole field of multi-objective optimization.

For further information about this workshop visit the official website of RAMOO 2018.

2nd GIVEN project meeting in Trier on November 29 and 30, 2018

Tolles Bild Participants of the meeting in Trier

The GIVEN consortium met on the last days of November 2018 in Trier for its second scientific workshop. 17 participants from the Universities of Wuppertal and Trier, DLR and Siemens AG came together for two days to discuss progress in the GIVEN project and plan future activities.

The workshop program included 9 scientific talks and several discussion rounds. As it is customary in Trier, also a dinner and a wine tasting have been part of the workshop program.

The 20th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry

Tolles Bild There were given more than 330 presentations on various topics from Numerical Analysis, Stochastics, Optimization or Modeling.

The GIVEN-Consortium participated in the 20th European Conference on Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) in Budapest, Hungary with the contribution “Shape Optimization for a Stochastic Objective Functional“.

The series of European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) conferences are devoted to enforce the interaction between academy and industry, leading to innovations in both fields. These events have attracted leading experts from business, science and academia, and have promoted the application of novel mathematical technologies to industry.

ECMI conferences are organised under the auspices of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry, an association of academic institutions and industrial companies that acts co-operatively with the following aims:

  • To promote and support the use of mathematical modelling, simulation, and optimization in any activity of social or economic importance.
  • To educate Industrial Mathematicians to meet the growing demand for such experts.
  • To operate on a European scale.
For further information about this conference visit the official website of the ECMI.

Paper presentation at ASME TurboExpo in Lillestrøm (Oslo), Norway

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Prototype of a rotor shaft from one of Ellings designs in 1925

The GIVEN consortium participated in the world’s largest annual turbomachinery conference with the contribution „Adjoint Method to Calculate Shape Gradients of Failure Probabilaties for Turbomachinery Components“ (see publications).

This year’s TurboExpo organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is held in Lillestrøm, where the Norwegian inventor Aegidius Elling constructed the first gas turbine in 1903. The photograph shows a prototype of a rotor shaft from one of Ellings designs in 1925 with a one stage axial compressor and a one stage turbine presented at the TurboExpo. In the background Ellings lab log in blue color.

3 000 participants of the Turbo Expo attend to more than 1 000 technical presentations, panel sessions and discussions between industry decision makers.

Shape optimization to minimize failure probability (and material consumption)

Movie: Shape flow for a 2D rod towards optimal reliability.

As three working groups (Optimization, High Performance Computing and Stochastics) at the IMACM in Wuppertal, we develop probabilistic shape optimization models for different failure mechanisms, notably for low cycle fatigue (LCF) problems, with gradient based methods. Low cycle fatigue is a surface driven failure mechanism that occurs under cyclic loading of technical units made of polycrystalline metal. To calculate the shape gradients, we discretize the component via finite elements and then use an adjoint approach.

Objective functions based on the peak stress that stem from mechanical integrity are in general not differentiable, since the component always deterministically fails at the point with the lowest longevity and the highest loading. So we replace the deterministic approach by a probabilistic approach to enable the calculation of shape gradients (sensitivities). With these sensitivities we are able to apply gradient based optimization using an adjoin approach without compromising the structural integrity. In our work we focus on 3D turbo-machinery components, i.e. LCF problems, and 2D ceramic geometries under tensile load.

In these settings, we can assume that the material follows a linear isotropic material law. Thus we can constrain our problem with the usual state equation of linear elasticity in the weak formulation with cyclic or mixed Dirichlet-Neumann boundary conditions. The analysis of the probability of failure (PoF) leads to Weibull type objective functionals allowing us to calculate the shape derivatives. We then first discretize the problem via finite elements and then use the Lagrangian approach to avoid the “curse of dimension”.

To solve the state equation and for calculating the adjoint state, the finite element solver ABAQUS is used for the LCF case. To validate the computation we first calculated the shape gradients for a predictable geometry, in this case a bended rod ( Figure 1) which is fixed at the left-hand boundary and surface forces act on the right-hand boundary. With this preliminary case study, we were able to apply our approach to a 3D aero gas turbine 1st stage compressor blisk model (Figure 2).

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Figure 1: Shape derivative towards lower fatigue failure probability for a bended rod

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Figure 2: Shape derivative towards higher fatigue failure probability for a turbine blisk geometry under centrifugal load

We also applied this approach to simple 2D ceramic geometries. We were able to construct shape flows to improved shapes in these cases. Throughout this work it became clear that multi-objective optimization would be a desirable extension as the minimization of PoF may lead to shapes that have a poor performance in other relevant criteria, like for example efficiency, volume and costs. The first results of this multi-objective optimization for a 2D ceramic case study with objective functions PoF and material consumption (volume), i.e. a part of the Pareto-front of shapes with a tradeoff between these objectives, is shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3: Approximate Pareto front for a 2D bended rod with (negative, logarithmic) probability of survival (x-axis) and material consumption (y-axis) as objective functions

In the upcoming GIVEN collaboration with V. Schulz at U Trier, Siemens Energy and DLR Cologne and also the numerics group (M. Ehrhardt and M. Günther) at BUW, we will extend this multi-objective results to 3D LCF models where the objectives PoF and aerodynamic efficiency, which is computed using adjoint CFD turbo machinery solver TRACE, are considered and integrated to a multicriteria gradient based 3D optimization process.



  • Matthias Bolten
  • Onur Tanil Doganay
  • Hanno Gottschalk
  • Camilla Hahn
  • Kathrin Klamroth
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