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Optimal Compartment Layout Design for a Naval Ship Using an Improved Genetic Algorithm

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With the trend in modern naval ships towards less dense payloads, space layout design has become more important. Recent advances in computing science and increased understanding of methods for developing mathematical models, which form the basis of the space layout design, have helped with the development of a powerful design procedure. In this study, the compartment layout problem, which can be regarded as the space layout design of a naval ship, is represented as a mathematical model, and a compartment layout algorithm based on the genetic algorithm (GA) in order to solve the problem is proposed. Comparative testing shows that the proposed algorithm performs better than other existing algorithms for the optimal compartment layout design. Finally, the proposed algorithm is applied to the compartment layout problem of a naval ship and the computational results are compared with the actual compartment layout of the naval ship.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2002

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