Collaborative reliability analysis for multidisciplinary systems design

Xiaoping Du, Wei Chen

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Traditional Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) generates deterministic optimal designs, which are frequently pushed to the limits of design constraint boundaries, leaving little or no room to accommodate uncertainties in system input, modeling, and simulation. As a result, the design solution obtained may be highly sensitive to the variations of system input which will lead to performance loss and the solution is often risky (high likelihood of undesired events). Reliability-based design is one of the alternative techniques for design under uncertainty. The natural method to perform reliability analysis in multidisciplinary systems is the all-in-one approach where the existing reliability analysis techniques are applied directly to the systemlevel multidisciplinary analysis. However, the all-onone reliability analysis method requires a double loop procedure and therefore is generally very time consuming. To improve the efficiency of reliability analysis under the MDO framework, a collaborative reliability analysis method is proposed in this paper. The procedure of the traditional Most Probable Point (MPP) based reliability analysis method is combined with the collaborative disciplinary analyses to automatically satisfy the interdisciplinary consistency in reliability analysis. As a result, only a single loop procedure is required and all the computations are conducted concurrently at the individual disciplinelevel. Compared with the existing reliability analysis methods in MDO, the proposed method is more efficient and therefore provides a cheaper tool to evaluate design feasibility in MDO under uncertainty. Two examples are used for the purpose of verification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization 2002 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Sep 4 2002Sep 6 2002


Other9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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