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Harok Bae, Ph.D. (Advisor); Edwin Forster, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Joy Gockel, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)


This thesis work introduces a novel multi-fidelity modeling framework, which is designed to address the practical challenges encountered in Aerospace vehicle design when 1) multiple low-fidelity models exist, 2) each low-fidelity model may only be correlated with the high-fidelity model in part of the design domain, and 3) models may contain noise or uncertainty. The proposed approach approximates a high-fidelity model by consolidating multiple low-fidelity models using the localized Galerkin formulation. Also, two adaptive sampling methods are developed to efficiently construct an accurate model. The first acquisition formulation, expected effectiveness, searches for the global optimum and is useful for modeling engineering objectives. The second acquisition formulation, expected usefulness, identifies feasible design domains and is useful for constrained design exploration. The proposed methods can be applied to any engineering systems with complex and demanding simulation models.

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.