A Data Management and Visualization Tool for Integrating Optimization Results in Product Development
This paper presents a data management and visualization tool that was developed in parallel with a Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) framework in order to enable a more effective use of the obtained results within the Product Development Process (PDP). To this date, the main problem is that the majority of MDO case studies conclude by suggesting a small number of optimal configurations, which do not really hold any meaningful value for the decision makers since they represent only a narrow area of the design space. In this light, the proposed tool aims to provide designers with new possibilities in respect to post-processing of large data sets, and subsequently, to allow the non-technical teams to be engaged and benefit from the use of MDO in the company practices. As an example, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) configurator developed by using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of MATLAB is herein presented, and it is shown that a tool for handling the results can be the logical next step towards integrating MDO in the manufacturing industry. Overall, this work aims to demonstrate the benefits of the present visualization and management tool as a complementary addition to an existing optimization framework, and also to determine if this approach can be the right strategy towards improving the MDO method for an eventual use in the PDP of complex pro-ducts like UAVs.