Optimum Design of a Formula One Rear Wing Using a Genetic Algorithm

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Muzzupappa, M.; Pagnotta, L.
Section: Analysis Technologies
Page(s): 1217-1222


In the present paper, the possibility of optimizing the stiffness of a F1 lower-rear wing, in a shape which satisfies the aerodynamic requirements, by making use of a genetic algorithm was investigated. The aim of the optimization was to find the best laminate stacking sequences in a trade-off between stiffness requirements and weight reduction, without laminate failure due to excessive stress. It was shown that this powerful non-traditional optimization method could contribute to a considerable reduction of the composite wing weight.

Keywords: Composite materials, genetic algorithm, finite element method


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