Optimization of current carrying multicables

Harbrecht, Helmut and Loos, Florian. (2016) Optimization of current carrying multicables. Computational optimization and applications, 63 (1). pp. 237-271.

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Intense electric currents in cable bundles contribute to hotspot generation and overheating of essential car elements, especially in connecting structures. An important aspect in this context is the influence of the positioning of wires in cable harnesses. In order to find an appropriate multicable layout with minimized maximum temperatures, we formulate an optimization problem. Depending on the packing density of the cable bundle, it is solved via different optimization strategies: in case of loosely packed cable bundles solely by a gradient based strategy (shape optimization), densely packed ones by arrangement heuristics combined with a standard genetic algorithm, others by mixed strategies. In the simulation model, the temperature dependence of electric resistances and different parameter values for the multitude of subdomains are respected. Convective and radiative effects are summarized by a heat transfer coefficient in a nonlinear boundary condition. Finite elements in combination with an interior-point method and a genetic algorithm allow the solution of the optimization problem for a large number of cable bundle types. Furthermore, we present an adjoint method for the solution of the shape optimization problem. The jumps at the interfaces of different materials are essential for the Hadamard representation of the shape gradient. Numerical experiments are carried out to demonstrate the feasibility and scope of the present approach.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Mathematik und Informatik > Mathematik > Computational Mathematics (Harbrecht)
UniBasel Contributors:Harbrecht, Helmut
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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