A reduced-order model for aerodynamic shape optimization

W. Yao, S. Marques, Trevor T Robinson, C. Armstrong, L. Sun

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The motivation for the present work is to develop a reduced order model (ROM) for gradient based aerodynamic shape optimization. The fluid Euler equations or full order model (FOM) is converted to a reduced Newton iteration by using the Petrov-Galerkin projection. The reduced order basis (ROB) are extracted by Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) from snapshots collected of the fluid state, along the optimization trajectory. Similarly, the reduced gradient formulation is derived by projecting the FOM state onto the subspace spanned by ROBs. The residual of reduced Newton iteration is used as an indicator to update the snapshots and ROB. The ROM is demonstrated for a subsonic inverse design problem and for airfoil drag minimization at transonic Mach numbers. The results suggest that the constructed ROM is capable of aerodynamic shape optimization while reducing the number of FOM queries with respect to an adjoint gradient based optimization framework. The reduction in computation cost is over one order of magnitude for the subsonic case; however, efficiency deteriorates for the transonic problem, exhibiting a reduction in computational time of about one-third with respect to an optimization using the FOM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 6 Jan 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 201911 Jan 2019


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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