ME 444 - Optimum Design
Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University
To present an overview of computational methods for single- and multi-objective design optimization problems, mainly with continuous design variable. The course will include a project and the use of Matlab optimization toolbox and Ansys in homeworks and also in the project.
Introduction to Optimum Design, Jasbir S. Arora, 4th edition, Elsevier, 2016.
An Engineer’s Guide to MATLAB, Magrab et al, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2011.
Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy
Office: Mechanical Engineering Building
Concepts, definitions and examples
Single objective optimization: unconstrained methods
Single objective optimization: constrained methods
Multi-objective optimization methods
Optimization with Matlab and Excel
Ansys Tutorials (5%) - Bonus
Semester long project (15%)
Final Exam (60%).
Course-work will consist of a project. I will divide the class into groups. Your group will choose a problem from an engineering area with which you have sufficient familiarity. You will formulate that problem as an optimal design problem. You will solve this problem by a technique from MATLAB Optimization Toolbox, and verify and compare your solutions by an optimization method that will be developed by you in the MATLAB environment. More details for the project, in particular, examples of adequate/previous projects will be provided. Midterm presentations (with details of problem definition and formulation) and final project presentations and written report (with details of solution, etc) will be required.
Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy, email@example.com
Saturday: 1:00 - 2:00 PM, other times by appointment