Improved collaboration pursuing method for multidisciplinary robust design optimization

  • Wei Li
  • Mi Xiao
  • Liang Gao
Research Paper


The collaboration pursuing method (CPM) is a computationally efficient approach for deterministic multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). However, it has not been employed to handle problems with uncertainty. Moreover, obtaining actual uncertainty probability distributions is challenging. Compared to probability distributions, the interval information of uncertainties can be more easily obtained. Thus, multidisciplinary robust design optimization (MRDO) under interval uncertainty has been widely investigated. To overcome the inefficiency of existing methods for solving MRDO, this paper proposes an improved collaboration pursuing method (ICPM). In this method, the collaboration model (CM) is utilized to filter the samples that satisfy the coupled state equations in system analysis (SA) or multidisciplinary analysis (MDA). Then, a robustness discrepancy model (RDM) is developed to efficiently select candidate samples that meet the robustness requirements. Next, the mode pursuing sampling (MPS) method is utilized as a global optimizer to drive the optimization process and identify the robust optimum. Finally, a mathematical example and two engineering examples are utilized to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.


Multidisciplinary robust design optimization (MRDO) Improved collaboration pursuing method (ICPM) Mode pursuing sampling (MPS) Interval uncertainty 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [grant numbers 51675196 and 51721092] and the Program for HUST Academic Frontier Youth Team.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and TechnologyHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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