Multiobjective Optimization of an Ultrasonic Transducer using NIMBUS
2006 (English)In: Ultrasonics, ISSN 0041-624X, E-ISSN 1874-9968, Vol. 44, no 4, 368-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The optimal design of an ultrasonic transducer is a multiobjective optimization problem since the final outcome needs to satisfy several conflicting criteria. Simulation tools are often used to avoid expensive and time-consuming experiments, but even simulations may be inefficient and lead to inadequate results if they are based only on trial and error. In this work, the interactive multiobjective optimization method NIMBUS is applied in designing a high-power ultrasonic transducer. The performance of the transducer is simulated with a finite element model, and three design goals are formulated as objective functions to be minimized. To find an appropriate compromise solution, additional preference information is needed from a decision maker, who in our case is an expert in transducer design. A realistic design problem is formulated, and an interactive solution process is described. Our findings demonstrate that interactive multiobjective optimization methods, combined with numerical simulation models, can efficiently help in finding new solution approaches and possibilities as well as new understanding of real-life problems as entirenesses. In this case, the decision maker found a solution that was better with respect to all three objectives than the conventional unoptimized design.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 44, no 4, 368-380 p.
High-power ultrasonics; Interactive multiobjective optimization; Modeling environments; Simulation; Transducer design
Computer and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-83695DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2006.04.004ISI: 000241940400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-83695DiVA: diva2:498908
QC 201203072012-02-122012-02-122014-05-23Bibliographically approved