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Isogeometric analysis and genetic algorithm for shape-adaptive composite marine propellers
Manudha T. Herath, , B. Gangadhara Prusty, Nigel St. John
Published in Elsevier
2015
Volume: 284
   
Pages: 835 - 860
Abstract
This paper presents a layup optimisation algorithm for composite marine propellers, including the hygrothermal effects, using Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) based FEM coupled with real-coded Genetic Algorithm (GA). The use of Iso-Geometric Analysis (IGA) enables accurate representation of complex marine propeller blades, coupled with GA for both continuous and mixed integer ply angle optimisation. The optimisation scheme was further investigated multi-objective, multi-material and multiple layer thickness optimisation scenarios. Furthermore, the IGA-FEM solver was constructed based on constitutive equations that take into account the hygrothermal effects that must be addressed to enable the optimisation of non-symmetric layups. Such non-symmetric layup patterns are proposed to be used to create extension-twist coupling to gain further control in layup optimisation. The optimisation technique is presented here as a method to widen the efficiency envelope of marine propellers. However, the same approach can potentially be adopted to cater many other practical applications such as composite wind turbine blades, aircraft propellers and other general composite ply angle optimisation scenarios. The paper discusses the proposed framework for optimisation of marine propeller, numerical tools used in the process and results under different conditions. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
About the journal
JournalData powered by TypesetComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
PublisherData powered by TypesetElsevier
ISSN00457825
Open AccessNo
Concepts (17)
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    Aircraft control
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    Algorithms
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    Constitutive equations
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    Genetic algorithms
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    Interpolation
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    SHIP PROPELLERS
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    Turbomachine blades
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    Wind turbines
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    COMPOSITE MARINE PROPELLERS
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    HYGROTHERMAL EFFECTS
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    ISOGEOMETRIC ANALYSIS
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    MARINE PROPELLER
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    NON-UNIFORM RATIONAL B-SPLINES
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    Optimisations
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    REAL-CODED GENETIC ALGORITHM
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