Design optimization and uncertainty analysis of SMA morphing structures Conference Paper uri icon


  • The continuing implementation of shape memory alloys (SMAs) as lightweight solid-state actuators in morphing structures has now motivated research into finding optimized designs for use in aerospace control systems. This work proposes methods that use iterative analysis techniques to determine optimized designs for morphing aerostructures and consider the impact of uncertainty in model variables on the solution. A combination of commercially available and custom coded tools is utilized. ModelCenter, a suite of optimization algorithms and simulation process management tools, is coupled with the Abaqus finite element analysis suite and a custom SMA constitutive model to assess morphing structure designs in an automated fashion. The chosen case study involves determining the optimized configuration of a morphing aerostructure assembly that includes SMA flexures. This is accomplished by altering design inputs representing the placement of active components to minimize a specified cost function. An uncertainty analysis is also conducted using design of experiment methods to determine the sensitivity of the solution to a set of uncertainty variables. This second study demonstrates the effective use of MonteCarlo techniques to simulate the variance of model variables representing the inherent uncertainty in component fabrication processes. This paper outlines the modeling tools used to execute each case study, details the procedures for constructing the optimization problem and uncertainty analysis, and highlights the results from both studies. 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Oehler, S. D., Hartl, D. J., Lopez, R., Malak, R. J., & Lagoudas, D. C.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Oehler, SD||Hartl, DJ||Lopez, R||Malak, RJ||Lagoudas, DC

publication date

  • September 2012