A Multiobjective Optimization Strategy with Priority Ranking of the Design Objectives

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M. Matsumoto, J. Abe

Research and Development Division, Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd., Hamamatsu, Japan

M. Yoshimura

Department of Precision Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

J. Mech. Des 115(4), 784-792 (Dec 01, 1993) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919269 History: Received October 01, 1992; Online June 02, 2008


Generally, two types of priorities are considered among multiple objectives in the design of machine structures. One of these objectives is named the “hard objective” and is the absolutely indispensable design requirement while the other is called “soft objective” and has a lower priority order. This paper proposes a multiobjective structural optimization strategy with priority ranking of the design objectives. Further, this strategy is demonstrated on the actual example of a motorcycle frame structural design which has three design objectives: (1) an increase in static torsional rigidity, (2) a reduction of dynamic response level, and (3) a decrease in the weight of the motorcycle frame.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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