Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Computational optimal design and uncertainty quantification of complex systems using explicit decision boundaries
by Basudhar, Anirban, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2011, 232; 3464753
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation presents a sampling-based method that can be used for uncertainty quantification and deterministic or probabilistic optimization. The objective is to simultaneously address several difficulties faced by classical techniques based on response values and their gradients. In particular, this research addresses issues with discontinuous and binary (pass or fail) responses, and multiple failure modes. All methods in this research are developed with the aim of addressing problems that have limited data due to high cost of computation or experiment, e.g. vehicle crashworthiness, fluid-structure interaction etc.

The core idea of this research is to construct an explicit boundary separating allowable and unallowable behaviors, based on classification information of responses instead of their actual values. As a result, the proposed method is naturally suited to handle discontinuities and binary states. A machine learning technique referred to as support vector machines (SVMs) is used to construct the explicit boundaries. SVM boundaries can be highly nonlinear, which allows one to use a single SVM for representing multiple failure modes.

One of the major concerns in the design and uncertainty quantification communities is to reduce computational costs. To address this issue, several adaptive sampling methods have been developed as part of this dissertation. Specific sampling methods have been developed for reliability assessment, deterministic optimization, and reliability-based design optimization. Adaptive sampling allows the construction of accurate SVMs with limited samples. However, like any approximation method, construction of SVM is subject to errors. A new method to quantify the prediction error of SVMs, based on probabilistic support vector machines (PSVMs) is also developed. It is used to provide a relatively conservative probability of failure to mitigate some of the adverse effects of an inaccurate SVM. In the context of reliability assessment, the proposed method is presented for uncertainties represented by random variables as well as spatially varying random fields.

In order to validate the developed methods, analytical problems with known solutions are used. In addition, the approach is applied to some application problems, such as structural impact and tolerance optimization, to demonstrate its strengths in the context of discontinuous responses and multiple failure modes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Missoum, Samy
Commitee: Bayraksan, Guzin, Haldar, Achintya, Missoum, Samy, Nikravesh, Parviz
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Adaptive sampling, Discontinuous and binary responses, Explicit decision boundaries, Multiple failure modes, Reliability based design optimization, Support vector machines
Publication Number: 3464753
ISBN: 978-1-124-81434-6
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