Optimal Design of Composite Structures - Overview

 
Zelda Zabinsky, professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Mark Tuttle, professor of Mechanical Engineering, led a UW research group in the Optimal Design of Composite Structures (ODCS) for over 10 years.  The research was funded, in part, by Boeing, NASA, and NSF.  This research effort resulted in a collaborative optimization tool for large composite panel design with the application to aircraft primary structures.  The tool is known as COSTADE, which stands for Composite Optimization Software for Transport Aircraft Design Evaluation.  It combines classical lamination theory, global optimization algorithms, and internal Finite Element Analysis (FEA) module for load redistribution.
 
Professor Zabinsky and Professor Tuttle graduated the following Ph.D. and Master's students involved in the research.
 
Ph.D. Students
Name
Major
Dissertation
Year
Charoenchai Khompatraporn
Industrial Engineering
"Analysis and Development of Stopping Criteria for Stochastic Global Optimization Algorithms"
2004
Vesna Savic
Mechanical Engineering
"Design Optimization of Thin-Walled Composite Beams"
2000
Birna P. Kristindottir
Mechanical Engineering
"Analysis and Development of Random Search Algorithms"
1997
Sudipto Neogi
Mechanical Engineering
"Design of Large Composite Structures Using Global Optimization and Finite Elements"
1997
Gun-In Kim
Mechanical Engineering
"Optimization of Stiffened Panels for Buckling Using a Simplified Linked Plate Method"
1993
Douglas L. Graesser
Mechanical Engineering
"Design of Laminated Composite Panels Optimized for Damage Tolerance"
1993
 
Master's Students
Name
Major
Thesis
Year
Wen Luo
Industrial Engineering
"Global Optimization of Composite Structures Using Parallel Computing"
1999
Jeffrey D. Seifer
Mechanical Engineering
"Incorporating Realistic Engineering Considerations into the Optimal Design of Composite Structures"
1995
Birna P. Kristindottir
Industrial Engineering
"Methodology to Investigate Manufacturing Tolerances of Composite Structures"
1993
Dean Heglund
Industrial Engineering
"Methodology for Efficient Random Search in the Optimization of Composite Laminate Design"
1992