International Journal of Aerospace and Lightweight Structures (IJALS)

Volume 3 Number 1 (2013)

International Journal of Aerospace and Lightweight Structures

doi: 10.3850/S201042862013000549

Shape Parameter Selection of Radial Basis Function Based on Surrogate Models in Vehicle Crashworthiness Design

Shujuan Hou, Jinde Xie and Xu Hana
State Key laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacturing for Vehicle Body,
College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China.


Radial basis functions are widely used in the shape function construction during the function fitting process of Response Surface Method (RSM) However, the shape parameters of radial basis functions significantly influence the condition number of the moment matrix and the accuracy of the interpolation result. This paper presents a study on the selection of the shape parameters of the most frequently-used Multiquadric (MQ) and Gaussian (GS) radial basis functions and also MQ and GS radial basis functions coupled with linear polynomial function for the nonlinear contact-impact problems. The whole vehicle impact case is considered and the surrogate model technique of RSM is used to establish the objective and constrained functions. Finally, the values of shape parameters are obtained for the nonlinear dynamic mechanical system.

Keywords: Crashworthiness design, Radial basis function, Shape parameters, Surrogate model, Vehicle impact.

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