Design Space Covering for Uncertainty


Managing uncertainty in engineering design continues to challenge engineers. By combining the concept of regret from robust optimization with that of design space reduction from set-based design, a new complementary view on uncertainty referred to as Design Space Covering for Uncertainty (DSC-U) is introduced. This method develops a trade-space between reducing the design space and locking in sub-optimal performance while considering interval uncertainty that impacts the problem. A double-loop algorithm and a more efficient set covering algorithm are presented along with the structure of the method. These are demonstrated on three sample problems, a previously-studied cantilever tube optimization, the Rosenbrock function with different levels of coupling between the uncertain parameters, and a ship midship section design problem with thirty-six design variables and four uncertain terms. The DSC-U approach is shown to be practical in providing a complementary insight into the impact of uncertainty for a wide range of design techniques.

Engineering Optimization