Friday, December 13, 2013
A simple tube geometry was created by placing a circle on the x-z plane and another on the y-z plane. These two circles had their height, horizontal offset, and radius parametrically controlled. A line was drawn between the circles such that the degree of curvature of the line was also parametrically controlled. A "Design of Experiments" was run where each of the parametric values was varied randomly, and a spreadsheet of the value combinations was saved. Each potential geometry could be seen by then selecting a row from the spreadsheet, and applying those parameters. This spreadsheet could be output to a CSV file which could then be run through a genetic algorithm.