Benchmark problems¶
In this section, we describe the GEMSEO’s benchmark MDO problems:
Sellar’s problem¶
The Sellar’s problem is considered in different tutorials:
Description of the problem¶
The Sellar problem is defined by analytical functions:
where the coupling variables are
and
and where the general constraints are
The Sellar disciplines are also available with analytic derivatives in GEMSEO, as well as a DesignSpace
:
Creation of the disciplines¶
To create the Sellar disciplines, use the function create_discipline
:
from gemseo import create_discipline
disciplines = create_discipline(["Sellar1", "Sellar2", "SellarSystem"])
Importation of the design space¶
To import the Sellar design space, use the class create_discipline
:
from gemseo.problems.sellar.sellar_design_space import SellarDesignSpace
design_space = SellarDesignSpace()
Then, you can visualize it with print(design_space)
:
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 name  lower_bound  value  upper_bound  type 
++++++
 x_local  0  (1+0j)  10  float 
+ + + + + +
 x_shared  10  (4+0j)  10  float 
+ + + + + +
 x_shared  0  (3+0j)  10  float 
+ + + + + +
 y_1  100  (1+0j)  100  float 
+ + + + + +
 y_2  100  (1+0j)  100  float 
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See also
See Tutorial: How to solve an MDO problem to create the Sellar problem from scratch
Aerostructure problem¶
The Sobieski’s SSBJ test case is considered in the different tutorials:
Description of the problem¶
The Aerostructure problem is defined by analytical functions:
where
and
The Aerostructure disciplines are also available with analytic derivatives in the classes Mission
, Aerodynamics
and Structure
, as well as a AerostructureDesignSpace
:
Creation of the disciplines¶
To create the aerostructure disciplines, use the function create_discipline()
:
from gemseo import create_discipline
disciplines = create_discipline(["Aerodynamics", "Structure", "Mission"])
Importation of the design space¶
To import the aerostructure design space, use the class create_discipline
:
from gemseo.problems.aerostructure.aerostructure_design_space import AerostructureDesignSpace
design_space = AerostructureDesignSpace()
Then, you can visualize it with print(design_space)
:
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 name  lower_bound  value  upper_bound  type 
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 thick_airfoils  5  (15+0j)  25  float 
 thick_panels  1  (3+0j)  20  float 
 sweep  10  (25+0j)  35  float 
 drag  100  (340+0j)  1000  float 
 forces  1000  (400+0j)  1000  float 
 lift  0.1  (0.5+0j)  1  float 
 mass  100000  (100000+0j)  500000  float 
 displ  1000  (700+0j)  1000  float 
 rf  1000  0j  1000  float 
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See also
See MDO formulations and scalable models for a toy example in aerostructure to see an application of this problem.
Sobieski’s SSBJ test case¶
The Sobieski’s SSBJ test case is considered in the different tutorials:
Origin of the test case¶
This test was taken from the reference article by Sobieski, the first publication on the BLISS formulation. It is based on a 1996 AIAA student competition organized by the AIAA/United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney Individual Undergraduate Design Competition. This competition initially focused on both the technical and economical challenges of a development.
The formulas used for each are based on semiempirical and/or analytical models. Depending on the , some examples can be found in the following references [Niu88][And36][Ray06]. As specified by Sobieski et al., additional design and state variables (not present in the original problem) were introduced in the disciplinary analyses for testing purposes.
The MDO problem¶
The aim of the problem is to maximize the range of a SuperSonic Business under various constraints.
The problem is built from three disciplines: structure, aerodynamics and propulsion.
A fourth discipline, not coupled to the other ones, is required to compute the range.
Input and output variables¶
The next tables display the input variables required by each of the four disciplines.
As they are shared by several disciplines, global design variables, implemented as x_shared
, are provided to all disciplines.
Coupling variables are implemented as y_ij
, which is an output of discipline \(i\) and an input of discipline \(j\).
Disciplines are listed as follows
Structure,
Aerodynamics,
Propulsion,
Range.
Variable 
Description 
Bounds 
GEMSEO 

\(t/c\) 
Thickness to chord ratio 
\(0.01\leq t/c\leq 0.09\) 

\(h\) 
Altitude (\(ft\)) 
\(30000\leq h \leq 60000\) 

\(M\) 
Mach number 
\(1.4\leq M\leq 1.8\) 

\(AR=b^2/S_W\) 
Aspect ratio 
\(2.5\leq AR\leq 8.5\) 

\(\Lambda\) 
Wing sweep (\(\deg\)) 
\(40\leq\Lambda\leq70\) 

\(S_W\) 
Wing surface area (\(ft^2\)) 
\(500\leq S\leq 1500\) 

\(\lambda = {c_{tip}}/{c_{root}}\) 
Wing taper ratio 
\(0.1\leq\lambda\leq0.4\) 

\(x\) 
Wingbox xsectional area 
\(0.75\leq x \leq 1.25\) 

\(L\) 
Lift from aerodynamics (\(N\)) 


\(W_{E}\) 
Engine mass from propulsion (\(lb\)) 


\(C_f\) 
Skin friction coefficient 
\(0.75\leq Cf\leq 1.25\) 

\(W_T\) 
Total aircraft mass from structure 


\(\Delta\alpha_v\) 
Wing twist from structure 


\(ESF\) 
Engine scale factor from propulsion 


\(Th\) 
Throttle setting (engine mass flow) 
\(0.1\leq T\leq 1.25\) 

\(D\) 
Drag from aerodynamics (\(N\)) 


\(L/D\) 
Liftoverdrag ratio from aerodynamics 


\(W_T\) 
Total aircraft mass from structure 


\(W_F\) 
Fuel mass from structure 


\(SFC\) 
Specific Fuel Consumption from propulsion 

Table: Input variables of Sobieski’s problem
Variable 
Description 
Constraint 
GEMSEO 

\(\sigma_1\) 
Stress constraints on wing section 1 
\(\sigma_1<1.09\) 

\(\sigma_2\) 
Stress constraints on wing section 2 
\(\sigma_2<1.09\) 

\(\sigma_3\) 
Stress constraints on wing section 3 
\(\sigma_3<1.09\) 

\(\sigma_4\) 
Stress constraints on wing section 4 
\(\sigma_4<1.09\) 

\(\sigma_5\) 
Stress constraints on wing section 5 
\(\sigma_5<1.09\) 

\(W_T\) 
Total aircraft mass (\(lb\)) 


\(W_F\) 
Fuel mass (\(lb\)) 


\(\Delta\alpha_{v}\) 
Wing twist (\(\deg\)) 
\(0.96<\Delta\alpha_{v}<1.04\) 

\(L\) 
Lift (\(N\)) 


\(D\) 
Drag (\(N\)) 


\(L/D\) 
Liftoverdrag ratio 


\(dp/dx\) 
Pressure gradient 
\(dp/dx<1.04\) 

\(SFC\) 
Specific Fuel Consumption 


\(W_E\) 
Engine mass (\(lb\)) 


\(ESF\) 
Engine Scale Factor 
\(0.5\leq ESF \leq 1.5\) 

\(T_E\) 
Engine temperature 
\(T_E\leq 1.02\) 

\(Th\) 
Throttle setting constraint 
\(Th\leq Th_{uA}\) 

\(R\) 
Range (\(nm\)) 

Table: Output variables of Sobieski’s problem
Creation of the disciplines¶
To create the SSBJ disciplines :
from gemseo import create_discipline
disciplines = create_discipline(["SobieskiStructure", "SobieskiPropulsion", "SobieskiAerodynamics", "SobieskiMission"])
Reference results¶
This problem was implemented by Sobieski et al. in Matlab and Isight. Both implementations led to the same results.
As all gradients can be computed, we resort to gradientbased optimization methods. All Jacobian matrices are coded analytically in GEMSEO.
Reference results using the MDF formulation are presented in the next table.
Variable 
Initial 
Optimum 

Range (nm) 
535.79 
3963.88 
\(\lambda\) 
0.25 
0.38757 
\(x\) 
1 
0.75 
\(C_f\) 
1 
0.75 
\(Th\) 
0.5 
0.15624 
\(t/c\) 
0.05 
0.06 
\(h\) \((ft)\)) 
45000 
60000 
\(M\) 
1.6 
1.4 
\(AR\) 
5.5 
2.5 
\(\Lambda\) \((\deg)\) 
55 
70 
\(S_W\) \((ft^2)\) 
1000 
1500 
The Propane combustion problem¶
The Propane MDO problem can be found in [PAG96] and [TM06]. It represents the chemical equilibrium reached during the combustion of propane in air. Variables are assigned to represent each of the ten combustion products as well as the sum of the products.
The optimization problem is as follows:
where the System Discipline consists of computing the following expressions:
Discipline 1 computes \((x_{2}, x_{4})\) by satisfying the following equations:
Discipline 2 computes \((x_2, x_4)\) such that:
and Discipline 3 computes \((x_5, x_9, x_{11})\) by solving:
Creation of the disciplines¶
The Propane combustion disciplines are available in GEMSEO and can be imported with the following code:
from gemseo import create_discipline
disciplines = create_discipline(["PropaneComb1", "PropaneComb2", "PropaneComb3", "PropaneReaction"])
A gemseo.algos.design_space.DesignSpace
file propane_design_space.csv is also available in the same folder, which can be read using
the gemseo.read_design_space()
method.
Problem results¶
The optimum is \((x1,x3,x6,x7) = (1.378887, 18.426810, 1.094798, 0.931214)\). The minimum objective value is \(0\). At this point, all the systemlevel inequality constraints are active.