Optimization of the packaging of the Mars oxygen manufacturing plant
AuthorSanthanam, Venkatesan, 1968-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA complete analysis of the various energy losses involved in the Mars oxygen manufacturing plant is performed. The various losses considered are the pressure losses and radiation losses in connections between components, radiative heat losses from and between different components of the plant. These, together with the cost and mass of a library of components are used to construct an objective function to optimize the packaging of the plant. A software package has been created to determine component locations in the package such that this objective function is minimized. The package reads input data from a component database system and performs various iterations to arrive at a configuration having the minimum of the energy losses. The steepest descent method is used for minimizing the nonlinear objective functions describing the energy losses. The minimization of the cost and mass factors are performed by a brute search method. The results of the optimization are presented graphically.