Vlahopoulos, N., Castanier, M., Stowe, N., and Maes, E., "Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of a Ground Vehicle Track for Durability and Survivability," SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-0725, 2012, doi:10.4271/2012-01-0725.
In this paper a Multi-Level System (MLS) optimization algorithm is presented and utilized for the multi-discipline design of a ground vehicle track. The MLS can guide the decision making process for designing a complex system where many alternatives and many mutually competing objectives and disciplines need to be considered and evaluated. Mathematical relationships between the design variables and the multiple discipline performance objectives are developed adaptively as the various design considerations are evaluated and as the design is being evolved. These relationships are employed for rewarding performance improvement during the decision making process by allocating more resources to the disciplines which exhibit the higher level of improvement. The track analysis demonstrates how a multi-discipline design approach can be pursued in ground vehicle applications. The main elements of the optimization analysis along with the results and the physical insight which can be gained from the optimal configuration are presented and discussed.