The design exploration method for adaptive design systems
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The design exploration method for adaptive design systems is developed to facilitate the pursuit of a balance between the efficiency and accuracy in systems engineering design. The proposed method is modified from an existing multiscale material robust design method, the Inductive Design Exploration Method (IDEM). The IDEM is effective in managing uncertainty propagation in the model chain. However, it is not an appropriate method in other systems engineering design outside of original design domain due to its high computational cost. In this thesis, the IDEM is augmented with more efficient solution search methods to improve its capability for efficiently exploring robust design solutions in systems engineering design. The accuracy of the meta-model in engineering design is one uncertainty source. In current engineering design, response surface model is widely used. However, this method is shown as inaccurate in fitting nonlinear models. In this thesis, the local regression method is introduced as an alternative of meta-modeling technique to reduce the computational cost of simulation models. It is proposed as an appropriate method in systems design with nonlinear simulations models. The proposed methods are tested and verified by application to a Multifunctional Energetic Materials design and a Photonic Crystal Coupler and Waveguide design. The methods are demonstrated through the better accuracy of the local regression model in comparison to the response surface model and the better efficiency of the design exploration method for adaptive design systems in comparison to the IDEM. The proposed methods are validated theoretically and empirically through application of the validation square.