Optimisation of airfoils using parallel genetic algorithms

  • D J Doorly
  • J Peiró
  • T Kuan
  • J-P Oesterle
Design Methods
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 490)


This paper describes a parallel genetic algorithm which is linked to CFD analysis for the design of optimal airfoils. The method has been implemented on a variety of parallel architectures, and results to illustrate its application are presented. A common problem with genetic algorithms (or GAs) is how to maintain diversity of the gene pool and avoid premature convergence of the population. Subdivision of the population into semi-isolated subpopulations (commonly referred to as ‘demes’) not only helps significantly in this regard, but is ideally suited to implementation on a network of workstations.


Genetic Algorithm Flow Solver Parallel Genetic Algorithm Airfoil Design Airfoil Optimisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D J Doorly
    • 1
  • J Peiró
    • 1
  • T Kuan
    • 1
  • J-P Oesterle
    • 1
  1. 1.Aeronautics DepartmentImperial CollegeLondonUK

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