1st European Workshop on
MDO for Industrial Applications in Aeronautics – Challenges and Expectations

24-25 October 2017
Hosted by DLR, Braunschweig, Germany

Workshop Topics

Among other topics, and with concentration on high-fidelity approaches, the 1st European MDO workshop will focus on the following MDO research areas:

  • CAD and parameterization for MDO
  • Gradients in MDO
  • MDO methods and algorithms
  • Loads and structure sizing for MDO
  • Data management in MDO
  • Collaborative MDO; Architectures and IT aspects
  • Uncertainty in MDO

The aim of this workshop is to highlight the challenges and the bottlenecks MDO faces in these research areas in order to focus the research in a way that serves real-world needs.


The workshop is free of charge, but a registration is mandatory.
For registration, please contact the workshop secretary Cornelia Delfs, until 10th of October, 2017:, Tel. +49 531 295 3532



Joaquim R. R. A. Martins / Pat Piperni

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
University of Michigan

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he heads the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory (MDO Lab) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. His research involves the development and application of MDO methodologies to the design of aircraft configurations, with a focus on high-fidelity simulations that take advantage of high-performance parallel computing. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in September 2009, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, where from 2002 he held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Multidisciplinary Optimization. Prof. Martins received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, with a British Aerospace Award. He obtained both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Ballhaus prize for best thesis in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a keynote speaker at the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics (2007), the Aircraft Structural Design Conference (2010), the SIAM Conference on Optimization (2014), and the Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering (2015). He has received the Best Paper Award in the AIAA Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference four times (2002, 2006, 2012, and 2014). He is a member of the AIAA MDO Technical Committee and was the technical co-chair for the 2008 AIAA Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference. He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft, Optimization and Engineering, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.

Pat Piperni, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Clarkson University

Dr. Piperni recently joined the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering faculty at Clarkson University, after working in the aerospace industry for 30 years. Prior to joining Clarkson, he headed the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) initiative at Bombardier Aerospace, where his responsibilities included leading the development of a company-wide MDO capability and overseeing its application to aircraft design projects. Prior to that, he led the High-Speed Aerodynamics Group in Bombardier’s Advanced Aerodynamics Department. In that role he was responsible for the high-speed aerodynamic design of several Bombardier aircraft currently in service, including the C Series commercial jet, while also being involved in research and development in high-fidelity multidisciplinary optimization and computational fluid dynamics.
Dr. Piperni’s research interests include aircraft aerodynamic design and analysis, multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO), and conceptual design.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), a member of the CASI Aircraft Design & Development Committee, and a member of the AIAA MDO Technical Committee.

Day 1 (24th of Oct 2017)

  • Arriving and Networking, 08:30-09:00
  • Welcome (Cord Rossow), 09:00-09:15
  • Overview of MDO Activities at Organizing Institutes (Chair: Thomas Engelbrecht – AIRBUS)
    • DLR (Stefan Görtz) : Overview and main challenges of MDO at DLR, 09:15-09:45
    • IRT (Anne Gazaix) : Overview and main challenges of MDO at IRT : 09:45-10:15
    • ONERA (Michaël Méheut) : Overview and main challenges of MDO at ONERA : 10:15-10:45
  • Coffee Break, 10:45-11:00
  • MDO Status and Challenges at Industry (Chair: Norbert Kroll – DLR)
    • Airbus (Fabien Mangeant) : MDO at AIRBUS Group; Status, challenges & bottlenecks : 11:00-11:45
    • SAAB (Christopher Jouannet) : SAAB’s perspective on MDO, challenges and opportunities : 11:45-12:15
    • Rolls Royce (Jan Lieser) : MDO for Nacelles and Compressor Airfoils, Perspective from a Jet Engine Manufacturer : 12:15-12:45
  • Lunch, 12:45-13:30
  • Keynote, Uni of Michigan (J.Martins): The Promise and Challenges of MDO for the Next Generation of Aircraft (Chair: Anne Gazaix – IRT), 13:30-14:00
  • Topic 1: Gradients in MDO (Chair: Calixte Champetier – IRT)
    • DLR (Mohammad Abu-Zurayk) : Status of gradient-based MDO at DLR : 14:00-14:20
    • ONERA (Christophe Blondeau) : Status and challenges of high-fidelity aeroelastic gradients computation : 14:20-14:40
    • University of Kaiserslautern (Nicolas Gauger) : Efficient Computation of Pareto Optimal Points : 14:40-15:00
    • Airbus D&S (Fernass Daoud) : Using sensitivities in MDO : 15:00-15:20
  • Coffee Break, 15:20-15:40
  • Topic 2: MDO Concepts, Methods and Algorithms (Chair: Gilbert Roge – Dassault Aviation)
    • IRT (François Gallard) : GEMS: creation, automation and reconfiguration of MDO processes : 15:40-16:00
    • ONERA (Sylvain Dubreui) : Towards an efficient global MDO based on surrogate models : 16:00-16:20
    • TU Delft (Imco van Gent) : Recent developments for MDO system formulation: KADMOS and CMDOWS : 16:20-16:40
    • IRIT/CERFACS (Serge Gratton/ Selim Gurol) : Domain decomposition inspired algorithms for MDO and their application : 16:40-17:00
    • DLR (Caslav Ilic) : The DLR strategy for MDO: computationally and collaboration intensive MDO : 17:00-17:20
  • Coffee Break, 17:20-17:40
  • Panel Discussion Session (Chair: Gerald Carrier – ONERA / Olaf Brodersen – DLR), 17:40-18:20
    DLR (Cord Rossow) ONERA (Stéphane Andrieux) IRT (Anne Gazaix) Airbus (N.N.) Dassault (Gilbert Roge) SAAB (Christopher Jouannet) Airbus D&S (Fernass Daoud) : Organizational bottlenecks Technical bottlenecks What industry expects from research
  • DINNER, starting 20:00

Day 2 (25th of Oct 2017)

  • Arriving and Networking, 08:30-09:00
  • Keynote Lecture, University of Clarkson (Pat Piperni) : MDO: A Disruptive Technology? (Chair: Nathalie Bartoli – ONERA), 09:00-09:30
  • Topic 3: Collaborative MDO, Architectures, Data Management and IT Aspect
    • IRT (Vincent Gachelin) : Data management and MDO supervision : 09:30-09:40
    • DLR (Davide P. Ciampa) : Management and reconfiguration of MDO workflow in the EU project AGILE : 09:50-10:10
    • Airbus (Sanjiv Sharma) : TOICA European project : 10:10-10:30
  • Coffee Break, 10:30-10:50
  • Topic 4: CAD and Parameterization for MDO (Chair: Olaf Brodersen – DLR)
    • DLR (Arno Ronzheimer) : Use of parametric associative CAD in the context of gradient-based MDO : 10:50-11:10
    • Queen’s University of Belfast (Cecil Armstrong) : Parametric CAD-Based design optimization using adjoint methods : 11:10-11:30
    • Queen Mary Uni. (Shenren Xu) : CAD-based parametrizations for industrial MDO : 11:30-11:50
    • Airbus (Joel Brezillon) : Airbus parameterization strategies : 11:50-12:10
  • Lunch, 12:10-13:00
  • Topic 5: Loads and Structure Sizing for MDO (Chair: Christopher Jouannet – SAAB)
    • Queen’s University of Belfast (Cecil Armstrong) : An alternative approach to loads – structural assessment : 13:00-13:20
    • ISAE (Joseph Morlier) : Recent advances in structural and multidisciplinary optimization in SUPAERO : 13:20-13:40
    • ONERA (Marco Tito Bordogna) : Aeroelastic tailoring of composite wing box with manufacturing and aerodynamic performance constraints : 13:40-14:00
    • DLR (Thomas Klimmek, Thiemo Kier) : Loads Analysis and Structural Optimization – A Parameterized and Integrated Process : 14:00-14:20
    • Airbus D&S (Fernass Daoud) : Integration of loads in a MDO process : 14:20:14:40
    • Airbus (Lucian Iorga) : MDO Max Performance project : 14:40-15:00
  • Coffee Break, 15:00-15:20
  • Topic 6: Uncertainty in MDO (Chair: Stefan Görtz – DLR)
    • ONERA (Mathieu Balesdent) : Dealing with uncertainties at early stage of multidisciplinary design : 15:20-15:40
    • Airbus (Fabien Mangeant) : Mathematical formalization for collaborative margin management : 15:40-16:00
    • Airbus (Sanjiv Sharma) : Uncertainty in MDO : 16:00-16:20
  • Coffee Break, 16:20-16:40
  • Special Topic
    • Airbus (Murray Cross) : Airbus Challenge Test Case : 16:40-17:00
  • Summary and assessment of the workshop
    • Pat Piperni : Summary, assessment and outlook : 17:00-17:30


DLR / IRT Saint Exupéry / ONERA

Mohammad Abu-Zurayk, Stefan Görtz, Olaf Brodersen, Cornelia Delfs

IRT Saint Exupéry
Anne Gazaix François Gallard

Christophe Blondeau, Gérald Carrier, Nathalie Bartoli