CDS platform: A platform for multi-physics computational design synthesis

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Hooshmand, Amir (1,2); Schlaich, Marc (1); Belaus, Liliya (1); Campbell, Matthew (3)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 2a, D-85748 Garching, Germany; 2: Institute of Product Development, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, D-85748 Garching, Germany; 3: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 204 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78712-1591
Page(s): 099-108
ISBN: 978-1-904670-52-0
ISSN: 2220-4334


An important obstacle in the development of computational synthesis tools in engineering design is the difficulty in integrating the generation process with efficient simulation packages for evaluating candidates in a search process. The premise of this study is to develop and implement a platform to facilitate generative design systems in achieving more flexible design synthesis automation and optimization. This enables the designers to explore the abilities of generative design systems rather than coping with complexities of automatically integrating these analyses in the design process. The platform has been developed mainly based on open source software (OSS) to be offered to the Computational Design Synthesis (CDS) community for further development, use and investigation. Its modularity and programming based implementation provides a foundation for other researchers to build on and to achieve the next generation of CAD tools substantially faster.

Keywords: Computational design synthesis, design automation, open source software, multi-physics simulation, finite element methods, shape grammar, graph grammar


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