Hybrid Optimization for High Aspect Ratio Wings with Convolutional Neural Networks and Squirrel Optimization Algorithm

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Pengfei Li


An efficient hybrid optimization algorithm is introduced in this paper to optimize the lightweight design of high-aspect-ratio wings, tackling the complexities associated with the mixed optimization design of layout and size variables within these wing structures. A hybrid binary unified coding description facilitates the optimization process for layout and size variables. The study influences one-dimensional convolutional neural networks to establish an aeroelastic surrogate model, primarily chosen for their exceptional performance in handling multi-parameter aeroelastic regression problems. Additionally, the squirrel optimization algorithm is chosen over the genetic algorithm for the mixed optimization problem, leading to notable savings in computational costs. The research demonstrates that the proposed hybrid optimization method, integrating the one-dimensional convolutional neural network and the squirrel optimization algorithm, offers superior performance in optimizing high aspect ratio wings. Specifically, it results in a reduction of 4.1% in the weight of the wing structure. Moreover, the study highlights the necessity of this hybrid approach due to the observed coupling between the layout variables of the wing ribs and the size variables of the wing beams.

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Special Issue - Next generation Pervasive Reconfigurable Computing for High Performance Real Time Applications