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Application of cuckoo search for design optimization of heat exchangers
chapterposted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Rihanna Khosravi, Abbas KhosraviAbbas Khosravi, Saeid Nahavandi
A wide variety of evolutionary optimization algorithms have been used by researcher for optimal design of shell and tube heat exchangers (STHX). The purpose of optimization is to minimize capital and operational costs subject to efficiency constraints. This paper comprehensively examines performance of genetic algorithm (GA) and cuckoo search (CS) for solving STHX design optimization. While GA has been widely adopted in the last decade for STHX optimal design, there is no report on application of CS method for this purpose. Simulation results in this paper demonstrate that CS greatly outperforms GA in terms of finding admissible and optimal configurations for STHX. It is also found that CS method not only has a lower computational requirement, but also generates the most consistent results.