Automatic design of marine structures by using successive response surface method

  • Sami PajunenEmail author
  • Ossi Heinonen


An automated optimization procedure based on successive response surface method is presented. The method is applied to weight optimization of a stiffened plate used in marine structures. In the design space the surrogate model is spanned sequentially into an optimally restricted subspace that is converging towards at least a local optimum. Both objective function and all constraint functions are modeled using linear response surface method enabling the use of a robust and efficient simplex algorithm for the optimizations. Special attention is paid to CAD and FEM-model linking that plays a central role in practical industrial applications. In this project SOLIDWORKS and ANSYS software are adopted for structural modeling and analysis, respectively, and the optimization is carried out in a MatLab environment. The reported results achieved in this project prove the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed approach.


Surrogate model Response surface method Optimal design Simplex-algorithm 



Support from the Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster (FIMECC) Innovations & Network- research and the research project Computational methods in mechanical engineering product development - SIMPRO are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanics and DesignTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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