Institute of Space Systems
Area of research:
Scientific support staff,Other,Diploma & Master Thesis
Concurrent Engineering is the established methodology for the early design phase of space missions. An interdisciplinary team covering several domains (e.g. propulsion, mission analysis, communications, systems) is a vital part of the process coming along with multiple interconnected design variables and individual dependencies for each mission.
Enabling the concurrent design team to create a quantifiable concept, instead of only one consistent design based on ‘engineering intuition’, and allowing for an optimisation on systems level, instead of letting the domain experts optimise their subsystems only, would lead to a major improvement of the process. The key element therefor is Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO), which is a formal methodology with its origin in the 90th for finding optimum systemlevel solutions involving multiple interrelated subsystems, domains or disciplines.
Your mission is to create a comprehensive map of existing MDO techniques beginning from the 90th up to the newest trends that can be found in the international research landscape. You should cluster them via their methodology (e.g. gradient-based, linear, non-linear, integer, convex, heuristic) and what they can be used for. In the end you should be able to make a recommendation for the use in the DLR Concurrent Engineering process.