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February 2, 2009

Students Use Genetic Algorithms for Airplane Engine Design

A team of high school students in Burlington, Vermont is experimenting with genetic algorithms to help create a fuel-efficient design for a two-engine jet airplane. The design is part of the Real World Design Challenge, which allows high school students to work on real-world engineering projects in a team environment.

The genetic algorithms are part of a sophisticated software package which was donated to the team. Genetic algorithms use test iterations to evolve a design to its optimal state. "We're going to experiment", says Mike Gaffney, a 17-year old member of the team. "If we get lucky, it works."

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at February 2, 2009 11:33 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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