The potential of genetic algorithms for conceptual design of rotor systems

William A. Crossley, Valana Wells, David H. Laananen

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The capabilities of the genetic algorithm as a non-calculus based, global search method makes it potentially useful in the conceptual design of rotor systems. Coupling reasonably simple analysis tools to the genetic algorithm was accomplished, and the resulting program was used to generate designs for rotor systems to match requirements similar to those of both an existing helicopter and a proposed helicopter design. This provides a comparison with the existing design and also provides insight into the potential of genetic algorithms in design of new rotors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-238
Number of pages18
JournalEngineering Optimization
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 1995


  • genetic algorithm application
  • helicopter rotor design
  • helicopter rotor optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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