Modeling and Optimization of Complex Engineering Systems under Uncertainties

A special issue of Mathematics (ISSN 2227-7390). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering Mathematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 7478

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School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
Interests: uncertainty-based design and optimization; reliability analysis

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
Interests: time-dependent reliability-based robust design optimization

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Dear Colleagues,

In engineering problems, complex systems usually consist of many subsystems. The coupled disciplines represented by these subsystems are interrelated. Additionally, multi-source mixed uncertainties are accompanied by the transmission and accumulation of coupled information in complex systems. Therefore, the modeling and design processes of complex systems in engineering problems are often time-consuming and inefficient. Moreover, the reliability and safety of system performance cannot be completely guaranteed.

To tackle the above challenges, the development of advanced modeling technology and a design optimization algorithm of complex engineering systems considering mixed uncertainties is necessary. On the one hand, the continuing development of engineering systems makes it difficult for existing modeling methods to efficiently address all new problems. On the other hand, because of the limited time and cost, designers have to select an appropriate method among various design and optimization methods to solve their problems. Consequently, newer uncertainty-based design and optimization methods should be developed to provide greater options for engineering designers.

The aim of this Special Issue is to establish an academic forum between experts and scholars and come to an agreement regarding the current state of this research field; draw a roadmap of where research is headed, highlight issues, and discuss their possible solutions; and provide the data, models and tools necessary for performing complex system modeling and a multidisciplinary design optimization algorithm considering mixed uncertainties. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • System modeling;
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization;
  • System reliability and risk assessment;
  • Structural safety;
  • Interval and fuzzy mathematics;
  • Structural analysis;
  • Optimization problem and computational methods;
  • Information fusion;
  • Fault diagnosis;
  • Probabilistic physics of failure;
  • Uncertainty-based design optimization;
  • Uncertainty quantification and propagation;
  • Performance degradation modeling and analysis.

Dr. Debiao Meng
Dr. Shui Yu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Reliability
  • Control
  • Advanced modeling technology
  • Design optimization
  • Uncertainty-based design and optimization
  • Reliability-based design and optimization
  • Optimization methods
  • Uncertainty quantification and propagation
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Risk assessment
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Physics of failure
  • Reliability hazard analysis
  • Fuzzy reliability Analysis
  • Uncertainty in engineering

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A Coupled Simulated Annealing and Particle Swarm Optimization Reliability-Based Design Optimization Strategy under Hybrid Uncertainties
by Shiyuan Yang, Hongtao Wang, Yihe Xu, Yongqiang Guo, Lidong Pan, Jiaming Zhang, Xinkai Guo, Debiao Meng and Jiapeng Wang
Mathematics 2023, 11(23), 4790; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11234790 - 27 Nov 2023
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As engineering systems become increasingly complex, reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) has been extensively studied in recent years and has made great progress. In order to achieve better optimization results, the mathematical model used needs to consider a large number of uncertain factors. Especially [...] Read more.
As engineering systems become increasingly complex, reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) has been extensively studied in recent years and has made great progress. In order to achieve better optimization results, the mathematical model used needs to consider a large number of uncertain factors. Especially when considering mixed uncertainty factors, the contradiction between the large computational cost and the efficiency of the optimization algorithm becomes increasingly fierce. How to quickly find the optimal most probable point (MPP) will be an important research direction of RBDO. To solve this problem, this paper constructs a new RBDO method framework by combining an improved particle swarm algorithm (PSO) with excellent global optimization capabilities and a decoupling strategy using a simulated annealing algorithm (SA). This study improves the efficiency of the RBDO solution by quickly solving MPP points and decoupling optimization strategies. At the same time, the accuracy of RBDO results is ensured by enhancing global optimization capabilities. Finally, this article illustrates the superiority and feasibility of this method through three calculation examples. Full article
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Residual Strength Modeling and Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbine Gear under Different Random Loadings
by Jianxiong Gao, Yuanyuan Liu, Yiping Yuan and Fei Heng
Mathematics 2023, 11(18), 4013; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11184013 - 21 Sep 2023
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A novel method is proposed to investigate the pattern of variation in the residual strength and reliability of wind turbine gear. First, the interaction between loads and the effect of the loading sequence is considered based on the fatigue damage accumulation theory, and [...] Read more.
A novel method is proposed to investigate the pattern of variation in the residual strength and reliability of wind turbine gear. First, the interaction between loads and the effect of the loading sequence is considered based on the fatigue damage accumulation theory, and a residual strength degradation model with few parameters is established. Experimental data from two materials are used to verify the predictive performance of the proposed model. Secondly, the modeling and simulation of the wind turbine gear is conducted to analyze the types of fatigue failures and obtain their fatigue life curves. Due to the randomness of the load on the gear, the rain flow counting method and the Goodman method are employed. Thirdly, considering the seasonal variation of load, the decreasing trend of gear fatigue strength under multistage random load is calculated. Finally, the dynamic failure rate and reliability of gear fatigue failure under multistage random loads are analyzed. The results demonstrate that the randomness of residual strength increases with increasing service time. The seasonality of load causes fluctuations in the reliability of gear, providing a new idea for evaluating the reliability of the wind turbine gear. Full article
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A New Loss Function for Simultaneous Object Localization and Classification
by Ander Sanchez-Chica, Beñat Ugartemendia-Telleria, Ekaitz Zulueta, Unai Fernandez-Gamiz and Javier Maria Gomez-Hidalgo
Mathematics 2023, 11(5), 1205; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11051205 - 1 Mar 2023
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Robots play a pivotal role in the manufacturing industry. This has led to the development of computer vision. Since AlexNet won ILSVRC, convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved state-of-the-art status in this area. In this work, a novel method is proposed to simultaneously [...] Read more.
Robots play a pivotal role in the manufacturing industry. This has led to the development of computer vision. Since AlexNet won ILSVRC, convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved state-of-the-art status in this area. In this work, a novel method is proposed to simultaneously detect and predict the localization of objects using a custom loop method and a CNN, performing two of the most important tasks in computer vision with a single method. Two different loss functions are proposed to evaluate the method and compare the results. The obtained results show that the network is able to perform both tasks accurately, classifying images correctly and locating objects precisely. Regarding the loss functions, when the target classification values are computed, the network performs better in the localization task. Following this work, improvements are expected to be made in the localization task of networks by refining the training processes of the networks and loss functions. Full article
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Investigation of Warning Thresholds for the Deformation of GINA Gasket of Immersed Tunnel Based on a Material-to-Mechanical Analysis
by Hao Ding, Jingsong Huang, Xinghong Jiang, Yu Yan, Shouji Du, Juntao Chen and Qing Ai
Mathematics 2023, 11(4), 1010; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11041010 - 16 Feb 2023
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As the first waterproof component of the immersed tunnel, it is very important to ensure the remaining compression of the GINA gasket to resist external water intrusion. This paper proposed a method for determining warning thresholds for the remaining compression of the GINA [...] Read more.
As the first waterproof component of the immersed tunnel, it is very important to ensure the remaining compression of the GINA gasket to resist external water intrusion. This paper proposed a method for determining warning thresholds for the remaining compression of the GINA gasket based on a material-to-mechanical analysis. In terms of material analysis, two factors that affect the GINA gasket are investigated: rubber hardness and cross-sectional shape, and they are adopted as the basis for subsequent mechanical analysis. In terms of mechanical analysis, uneven settlement during the operation period is considered to be the major cause of joint deformation, which is further divided into four modes: bending, shear, expansion, and torsion, with the computation model of the GINA gasket established to obtain the warning threshold. After that, a graded early warning method is adopted, and corresponding thresholds are given after an investigation of previous studies, which are validated by a three-dimensional finite element analysis. The deformation monitoring data between the E28 and E29 elements of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Immersed Tunnel are used to verify the proposed method. The results show that the GINA gasket of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Immersed Tunnel is currently in a safe state, and its deformation is much lower than the minimum warning level. Full article
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A Robust Learning Methodology for Uncertainty-Aware Scientific Machine Learning Models
by Erbet Almeida Costa, Carine de Menezes Rebello, Márcio Fontana, Leizer Schnitman and Idelfonso Bessa dos Reis Nogueira
Mathematics 2023, 11(1), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11010074 - 25 Dec 2022
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Robust learning is an important issue in Scientific Machine Learning (SciML). There are several works in the literature addressing this topic. However, there is an increasing demand for methods that can simultaneously consider all the different uncertainty components involved in SciML model identification. [...] Read more.
Robust learning is an important issue in Scientific Machine Learning (SciML). There are several works in the literature addressing this topic. However, there is an increasing demand for methods that can simultaneously consider all the different uncertainty components involved in SciML model identification. Hence, this work proposes a comprehensive methodology for uncertainty evaluation of the SciML that also considers several possible sources of uncertainties involved in the identification process. The uncertainties considered in the proposed method are the absence of a theory, causal models, sensitivity to data corruption or imperfection, and computational effort. Therefore, it is possible to provide an overall strategy for uncertainty-aware models in the SciML field. The methodology is validated through a case study developing a soft sensor for a polymerization reactor. The first step is to build the nonlinear model parameter probability distribution (PDF) by Bayesian inference. The second step is to obtain the machine learning model uncertainty by Monte Carlo simulations. In the first step, a PDF with 30,000 samples is built. In the second step, the uncertainty of the machine learning model is evaluated by sampling 10,000 values through Monte Carlo simulation. The results demonstrate that the identified soft sensors are robust to uncertainties, corroborating the consistency of the proposed approach. Full article
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