(763h) Initial Investigations in General Optimization-Based Design of Materials
To achieve this goal, the current barriers to success must be clarified and the desired outcomes that are not possible today have to be mathematically formalized so that further work can be performed in rigorously addressing these issues. A framework for addressing optimal materials design is proposed in which an optimization problem is formulated with the squared deviation of a materialâs property (e.g., tensile strength) from a target minimized in the objective function, and the decision variables allow the material structure and composition to be selected to obtain a material with properties as close as possible to the targets. A model must be selected to relate these decision variables to the material properties. Different methods for formulating the optimization variables will be explored, as will different modeling techniques. Fundamental limitations for this methodology will be mathematically formalized to elucidate the questions which must be further mathematically treated to allow the proposed method to advance.
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