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Sampling CAD models via an extended teaching–learning-based optimization technique

Khan, Shahroz and Gunpinar, Erkan (2018) Sampling CAD models via an extended teaching–learning-based optimization technique. Computer-Aided Design, 100. pp. 52-67. ISSN 0010-4485

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    The Teaching–Learning-Based Optimization (TLBO) algorithm of Rao et al. has been presented in recent years, which is a population-based algorithm and operates on the principle of teaching and learning. This algorithm is based on the influence of a teacher on the quality of learners in a population. In this study, TLBO is extended for constrained and unconstrained CAD model sampling which is called Sampling-TLBO (S-TLBO). Sampling CAD models in the design space can be useful for both designers and customers during the design stage. A good sampling technique should generate CAD models uniformly distributed in the entire design space so that designers or customers can well understand possible design options. To sample designs in a predefined design space, sub-populations are first generated each of which consists of separate learners. Teaching and learning phases are applied for each sub-population one by one which are based on a cost (fitness) function. Iterations are performed until change in the cost values becomes negligibly small. Teachers of each sub-population are regarded as sampled designs after the application of S-TLBO. For unconstrained design sampling, the cost function favors the generation of space-filling and Latin Hypercube designs. Space-filling is achieved using the Audze and Eglais’ technique. For constrained design sampling, a static constraint handling mechanism is utilized to penalize designs that do not satisfy the predefined design constraints. Four CAD models, a yacht hull, a wheel rim and two different wine glasses, are employed to validate the performance of the S-TLBO approach. Sampling is first done for unconstrained design spaces, whereby the models obtained are shown to users in order to learn their preferences which are represented in the form of geometric constraints. Samples in constrained design spaces are then generated. According to the experiments in this study, S-TLBO outperforms state-of-the-art techniques particularly when a high number of samples are generated.