In the areas of chemical processes and energy systems, the relevance of black-box optimization problems is growing because they arise not only in the optimization of processes with modular/sequential simulation codes but also when decomposing complex optimization problems into bilevel programs. The objective function is typically discontinuous, non-differentiable, not defined in some points, noisy, and subject to linear and nonlinear relaxable and unrelaxable constraints. In this work, after briefly reviewing the main available direct-search methods applicable to this class of problems, we propose a new hybrid algorithm, referred to as PGS-COM, which combines the positive features of Constrained Particle Swarm, Generating Set Search, and Complex. The remarkable performance of PGS-COM is assessed and compared with that of eleven main alternative methods on twenty five test problems as well as two challenging process engineering applications related to the optimization of a heat recovery steam cycle and a styrene production process.

PGS-COM: A hybrid method for non-smooth black-box constrained optimization problems

MARTELLI, EMANUELE;AMALDI, EDOARDO
2014-01-01

Abstract

In the areas of chemical processes and energy systems, the relevance of black-box optimization problems is growing because they arise not only in the optimization of processes with modular/sequential simulation codes but also when decomposing complex optimization problems into bilevel programs. The objective function is typically discontinuous, non-differentiable, not defined in some points, noisy, and subject to linear and nonlinear relaxable and unrelaxable constraints. In this work, after briefly reviewing the main available direct-search methods applicable to this class of problems, we propose a new hybrid algorithm, referred to as PGS-COM, which combines the positive features of Constrained Particle Swarm, Generating Set Search, and Complex. The remarkable performance of PGS-COM is assessed and compared with that of eleven main alternative methods on twenty five test problems as well as two challenging process engineering applications related to the optimization of a heat recovery steam cycle and a styrene production process.
2014
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