In the traditional design of a Truss Spar, designers usually choose different discipline as major concentration in different design phases. The coupling effect among disciplines can hardly be accounted for. Multidisciplinary design optimization has been proved to be an effective tool for the design of complex engineering systems, which takes all disciplines into account at the same time and exploit coupling effect among disciplines, thereby achieving the optimal system solution. In this paper, a multidisciplinary optimization scheme for a Truss Spar is firstly developed and the Truss Spar is decomposed into four modules: weight module, hydrodynamic module, structure module and stability module. Response surface method is used to replace the high-fidelity analysis to perform the approximate mathematical models of the objective function/constraints as a function of design variables. In order to enhance the accuracy of the predicted optimum, the response surface models are continuously updated using the information obtained from the numerical simulation of latest iterative results. Finally, an optimal design solution, which satisfies all the constraints, is obtained using collaborative optimization. The characteristics of the optimized design solution including hull weight, heave response, stability performance and strength of the bottom deck, are much improved comparing with traditional design.

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