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dc.contributor.advisorJonson, David
dc.contributor.authorVan Wyk, David
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-04T07:23:52Z
dc.date.available2010-02-04T07:23:52Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.other314398
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10321/497
dc.descriptionThesis submitted in compliance with the requirements for the Master's Degree in Technology: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Durban University of Technology, 2008.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe development of an evolutionary optimisation method and its application to the design of an advanced composite structure is discussed in this study. Composite materials are increasingly being used in various fields, and so optimisation of such structures would be advantageous. From among the various methods available, one particular method, known as Evolutionary Structural Optimisation (ESO), is shown here. ESO is an empirical method, based on the concept of removing and adding material from a structure, in order to create an optimum shape. The objective of the research is to create an ESO method, utilising MSC.Patran/Nastran, to optimise composite structures. The creation of the ESO algorithm is shown, and the results of the development of the ESO algorithm are presented. A tailfin of an aircraft was used as an application example. The aim was to reduce weight and create an optimised design for manufacture. The criterion for the analyses undertaken was stress based. Two models of the tailfin are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed ESO algorithm. The results of this research are presented in the study.en_US
dc.format.extent115 p.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectComposite materialsen_US
dc.subjectStructural optimizationen_US
dc.subjectMathematical optimizationen_US
dc.subjectUninhabited combat aerial vehicles--Design and constructionen_US
dc.titleThe development of an advanced composite structure using evolutionary design methodsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnumDUT-000284


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