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Ramana Grandhi (Advisor), Raymond Kolonay (Committee Member), Ronald Taylor (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


In a globalized and highly competitive world of product design, collaboration is a necessity to leverage the expertise available among various engineering teams to meet stringent product specifications and strict product delivery schedules reducing the concept to release time, and hence maintaining a competitive edge in the market. Physical location of teams may span organizational firewalls and different countries. Seamless access must be provided to hundreds of design tools that are utilized by the teams to carry out multidisciplinary analysis, optimization, and reliability studies in order to accurately estimate product performance. Service ORiented Computational EnviRonment (SORCER) is one of the latest inventions in the field of collaborative computational design. SORCER is a service-oriented architecture that enables grid computing through which resources necessary to conduct a particular computational task can be dynamically federated over the heterogeneous network. In this work, several organizations and institutes are teamed up to develop a next generation air vehicle concept. SORCER is used to develop a computational framework in which preliminary computational design tools that are necessary to conduct finite element analysis, reliability estimation, and tradeoff studies are mapped onto a service grid from where they can be federated on the fly during collaborative computational tasks. Developed services are demonstrated through implementation on four structural mechanics problems.

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Department or Program

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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