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Hybrid system approach to optimum design of a ship

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 1999

Shipbuilding System Department, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering, Yusungku, Taejeon, Korea, 305–600


To obtain optimal design efficiently in the initial design stage of a ship, a hybrid system is developed by integrating the optimization algorithm and knowledge-based system. The hybrid system can manipulate numeric and symbolic data simultaneously. To increase search efficiency in a design space, the optimization algorithm (optimizer) is implemented by coupling a genetic algorithm (GA) and search method. The optimizer determines a candidate region around the optimum point by using the GA, then searches the optimum point by the search method concentrating in this region, thus reducing calculation time and increasing search efficiency. To generate input data for the optimizer, a rule-based system is developed. Some domain knowledge for ship optimization in the initial design stage is retrieved from a database of existing ship and design experts. The obtained knowledge is stored in the knowledge base. The optimizer incorporates a knowledge-based system with heuristic and analytic knowledge, thereby narrowing the feasible space of the design variables. Therefore, search speed and the capability of finding an optimum point will be increased in comparison with conventional approach. The developed system is applied principally to particulars of optimization of ships with multicriteria. Through application ship design, it shows that the hybrid system can be a useful tool for optimum design.

Research Article
1999 Cambridge University Press

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