A Contour Plotting Scheme for Design Optimization

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K. A. Afimiwala

ARO, Inc., Arnold Air Force Station, Tenn. 37389

R. W. Mayne

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y.

J. Mech. Des 101(2), 349-354 (Apr 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454061 History: Received June 23, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


A procedure is developed for drawing contours of an objective function and constraints in two dimensions. Polynomial expressions are first obtained for the design objective and the constraints. Then a non-parametric curve generation technique is used to draw approximate contours. By superimposing the constraints on the contour plots the feasible design region is readily identified, and the 2-D minimum can be located by inspection. Contours are obtained for some typical applications to illustrate the effectiveness of the method. Problems with more than two design variables can be approached by considering various 2-D views of the design space.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
Topics: Design , Optimization
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