SBIR Phase II: A Toolbox for Optimal Design

Period of Performance: 01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004

$504K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Weidlinger Assoc., Inc.
40 Wall Street 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project combines large-scale simulation of wave propagation phenomena with optimization. Simulation in itself is seldom a final objective. Rather, simulation is usually a step in an iterative process to solve the real problem, that could be the determination of material properties from indirect measurements, imaging, parameter estimation or optimal design, to name a few. All these problems share the need to couple a large simulation package with an optimization one. This project will formalize this concept and proceed to create a set of tools to facilitate this coupling in the area of transient wave propagation phenomena, with special applications to piezoelectric transducer design, oil exploration and production, and optimal and protective structural design. These applications are chosen to exemplify the usage of the toolbox and emphasize its generality. It will couple a wave propagation finite element system and a system for 3D forward and inverse geological modeling, with a number of optimization programs.