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com/locate/jmansys Technical Paper Normal-boundary intersection based parametric multi-objective optimization of green sand mould system T.12.Author's personal copy Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 Contents lists available at SciVerse ScienceDirect Journal of Manufacturing Systems journal homepage: www. This NBI based method provides a near-uniform spread of the Pareto frontier in which multiple solutions with gradual trade-offs in the objectives are obtained.10]. the DM utilizes some supplementary knowledge which is usually very heuristic and too complex to be represented mathematically [11]. Malaysia b a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t In manufacturing engineering optimization. In this work. This problem was presented and solved in Surekha et al. alternative near-optimal solution options are generated for various values of the scalars. the objective functions in the problem are aggregated into a single objective function which is then solved for various scalar (weight) values. the scalars (or weights) are used to consign relative trade-offs to the objectives during the aggregation procedure. I. Goal Programming [7] and Normal-Boundary Intersection (NBI) method [8]. Some known scalarization techniques include the Weighted Sum method [5. University Technology Petronas. hardness and bulk density requirements where as sand mould has the same properties without the green constraints.2]. Malaysia Fundamental & Applied Sciences Department. Nevertheless ∗ Corresponding author. Using these techniques. [4]). Published by Elsevier Ltd.jmsy. This method then is used generate optimal solution options to the green sand mould system problem. the decision maker (DM) is only interested in a single optimal solution.doi.1016/j. Published by Elsevier Ltd. In these methods. Malaysia c Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department. See [1. it is often that one encounters scenarios that are multiobjective (where each of the objectives portray different aspects of the problem). University Technology Petronas. it is crucial for the engineer to have access to multiple solution choices before selecting of the best solution. All rights reserved.004 . a novel approach that merges meta-heuristic algorithms with the Normal Boundary Intersection (NBI) method is introduced. In green mould systems. P.∗ . The other type of methods is known as the weighted (or scalarization) techniques.2012. A unique and ideal solution that explains all the features of a MO problem in engineering are rarely encountered [9. it is very useful for the DM to have access to numerous solution options with a variety of signiﬁcance with respect to the objectives prior to the selection the best optimal solution. Elamvazuthi c a Chemical Engineering Department. Vasant b. in more practical scenarios. The difference between sand mould and green sand mould is that green sand mould has green compression strength. University Technology Petronas. it is required that the solution method caters for the multiobjective nature of the problem. To select this unique optimum. Thus. Vasant). Some comparative studies were then carried out with the algorithms developed and used in this work and that from some previous work. © 2012 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers.10. Analysis on the performance as well as the quality of the solutions produced by the algorithms is presented here.6]. Strategies in multi-objective optimization (MO) can be crudely classiﬁed into two classes. Article history: Received 27 April 2012 Received in revised form 26 October 2012 Accepted 30 October 2012 Available online 20 November 2012 Keywords: Multi-objective (MO) Green sand mould system Normal Boundary Intersection (NBI) Genetic algorithm (GA) Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) Uniform spread Pareto frontier 1.13] for more detail investigations and explanations on MO techniques in engineering optimization. http://dx. Thus. E-mail address: vasant0001@yahoo. Ganesan a .com (P. In optimization problems of this kind. [14] by the application of genetic algorithm (GA) and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) techniques in conjunction with the Weighted Sum approach. Hence. Introduction Most issues encountered when dealing with emerging technologies in engineering are multi-objective (MO) in nature [1. the quality of the product obtained from the moulding process is very dependent on the physical properties of the 0278-6125/$ – see front matter © 2012 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers. This work aims to generate a series of Pareto-optimal solutions that obtain a near-complete trade-off among the objective functions for the green mould sand system. All rights reserved. First being methods that use the concept of Pareto optimality to trace the non-dominated solutions at the Pareto curve (for instance. permeability. in this work the MO issue is tackled using the NBI method for geometrical trade-offs of the weights while the GA-PSO is used to iteratively improve the solutions for each respective weight. Zitzler and Thiele’s [3] Strength Pareto Evolutionary Algorithm (SPEA) and Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II (NSGA-II) by Deb et al.elsevier.org/10. Therefore.

The procedures of which this method is executed are as follows: . the velocity and the position of the particles’ are updated. In the beginning. Thus. A more comprehensive study on the optimization and model formulation of mould systems can be seen in [15. 1 ≤ x ≤ 4} ∗. The green mould system problem is presented as the following: Min F (x) subject to X = {x : g (x) = 0. and n is the normal vector at the point towards the utopia point. [14]. This paper is organized as follows. f ∗. The candidate optimal solutions obtained by this algorithm are achieved as a result of particles which are in motion (swarming) through the ﬁtness landscape. The convex minimum be denoted as xi hull of the individual minima is generated in this fashion. f ∗) F ∗ = (f1 2 3 4 T (2) where F* is the utopia point for this MO problem. The ﬁrst concept was based on the examination of swarming (or ﬂocking) behaviours of certain species of organisms (such as birds.Author's personal copy 198 T.t ) t subject to x∈X (4) · Y + tn = F (x) and where t is some deﬁned distance parameter. GAs operates on a population of solutions. Lately. Genetic algorithm (GA) A genetic algorithm (GA) was applied in conjunction to the NBI approach for the MO optimization of the green sand mould system. Next. / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 moulding sand (such as hardness. the scalarization is carried out. In this work. vi (t) is the particle velocity and xi (t) is the particle position with respect to iteration (t). then the algorithm updates the individual and social terms by the aid of a user-speciﬁed update rule. the evaluation of the particles’ position and velocity (which are also the candidate solutions) relative to the ﬁtness function is carried out. Incorrect proportions of the mentioned properties may lead to casting defects such as poor surface ﬁnish. the green mould sand system is optimized further using genetic algorithms (GA).28]. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and a hybrid GA-PSO in conjunction with the Normal Boundary Intersection (NBI) method to generate a series of Pareto-optimal solutions. Hence. It is essential to note that the velocity and position updating rule is critical to the optimization capabilities of this method. 2. ants. The velocity of each particle in motion (swarming) is updated using the following equation. permeability. 4]. in conjunction with the ﬁtness function a condition is introduced. Controllable variables such as percentage of water. the concluding remarks are given in Section 6. green compression strength and bulk density). the standard meta-heuristic techniques are presented. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is an optimization method developed based on the movement and intelligence of swarms. The second idea was sprung from the study of evolutionary computations. GAs are categorized as a class of population-based search and optimization algorithms [27. [14]. c1 .1. Genetic algorithms (GA) were introduced by Holland in the nineties [17]. Comparison studies were then performed on the optimal solutions obtained in this work against those obtained in Surekha et al. This makes the NBI approach a more interesting alternative as compared to the Weighted Sum method when solving non-convex MO problem. GAs have been widely applied in engineering scenario (see [19. percentage of clay. and this is followed by description on the Scalarisation Technique and Proposed Algorithms in Section 3. An N-point crossover operator was used to create new offspring for each successive generation.1. For a more comprehensive text on GAs refer to [21].2. The parameters w. where if the ﬁtness function is not fulﬁlled. Scalarisation Technique and Proposed Algorithms 3. While most stochastic search techniques operate on a distinct solution for a particular problem. In contrast to the Weighted Sum method. 2. GAs belong to the group of stochastic search methods (such as simulated annealing [18] and some forms of branch and bound).16]. vi (t + 1) = wvi (t ) + c1 r1 [ˆ xi (t ) − xi (t )] + c2 r2 [g (t ) − xi (t )] (1) where each particle is identiﬁed by the index i. These solutions can be randomly selected or be established with the aid of some a priori facts. 3. Y are varied thoroughly to generate a near-uniform spread of the Pareto frontier. Let the individual ∗ and be obtained for i ∈ [1. Standard meta-heuristic techniques 2. scabs and pinhole porosity. by characterizing these parameters as the decision variables and the mould sand properties as the objective function. bees and ﬁreﬂies). f ∗. Many works have done on the application of meta-heuristic techniques for modelling and optimization of manufacturing systems [24–26]. The PSO algorithm searches the search space for candidate solutions and evaluates these solutions with respect to some (user speciﬁed) ﬁtness condition. Section 5 discusses computational results and ﬁnally. the MO optimization problem was formulated in Surekha et al. The formulation of where forms a 4 by 4 matrix and i=1 i the NBI -sub problem is as the following: Max(X. The scalars. Y = ˇi : 1 ≤ x ≤ 4} 4 (3) ˇ = 1. some candidate solutions are selected by the PSO algorithm. r1 and r2 are usually deﬁned by the user. Scalarisation technique: Normal Boundary Intersection (NBI) method The NBI method was ﬁrst introduced by Das and Dennis [8]. The purpose of this formulation is for the identiﬁcation of best controllable parameters for optimal ﬁnal-product of the moulding process. c2 .20]). PSO has been applied to a variety of areas including optimization problems in engineering [23] as well as economic dispatch problems. The real world application problem on green sand mould system is illustrated in Section 4. This method is a geometrically inspired scalarization approach for solving MO problems. To avoid the solution from getting stagnant at the local minima. In recent times. PSO was developed by Kennedy and Eberhart [22] in 1995. The NBI scalarization method ﬁnds the maximum distance. an N-bit ﬂip mutation operator was used. This recursive course of action is iterated until the ﬁtness function is satisﬁed by all candidate solutions and solutions have thus converged into a ﬁx position. Consequently. Following this. blowholes. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) The PSO algorithm introduced in 1995 (by Kennedy and Eberhart [22]) springs from two distinct frames of ideas. the NBI approach has the ability to ﬁnd a near-uniform spread of Pareto-optimal solution options in the frontier. In Section 2 of this paper. t in the direction of the normal vector. Next. h(x) ≤ 0. Ganesan et al. the representation of the simplex from the convex hull is as follows: ={ ·Y : ∗ = F (xi ). grain ﬁneness number and number of strokes heavily inﬂuence the physical properties of the moulded sand. n between a point on the simplex and the origin (or the utopia point).

• The optimal value of the solutions is then selected from the obtained Pareto front.2 0 ≤ c1 ≤ 2 0 ≤ c2 ≤ 2 0 ≤ r1 ≤ 1 0 ≤ r2 ≤ 1 The term wvi (t) in Eq. the particles’ position is then computed as is shown in the following: xi (t + 1) = xi (t ) + vi (t + 1) (6) (5) The GA scheme applied in this work is as the following. (1) (also referred to as the inertial term) maintains the particle’s motion in the same direction as its original vector. Algorithm ﬂow for GA. Algorithm 1. of individuals in the population Probability of mutation Probability of recombination Initial string of individuals Bit type of individual’s string Cross-over type Mutation type Selection type Values 6 bit 6 0. Step 7: Set new population to current population. Next. 1. Step 8: Assess the ﬁtness of each offspring in the generation. The ﬂowchart of the GA algorithm is shown in Fig. Step 9: If the stopping criterion are satisﬁed halt program and print solutions. create offspring for the next generation. Thus. • The inverse transformation is then performed to re-obtain the best maximal values of the objective functions. Step 5: The parent selection to create the next generation is done by tournament selection. 1. Offspring Mutation NO Set new population to current population Evaluate offspring fitness Termination criterion satisfied? YES Perform parent selection STOP Fig. Algorithm 2. The term c1 r1 [ˆ xi (t ) − xi (t )] better known as the cognitive component functions serves as the memory. Generate offspring by crossover/recombination Randomly initialize a population of n individuals. The term c2 r2 [g (t ) − xi (t )] (also known as the social component) function as mover of the particles to the position where the swarm has visited in the previous iterations.5 Random Real-coded N-point N-bit ﬂip Tournament 199 Step 3: By recombination from the current population. This component ensures that the particle tends to return to the position in the search space where the particle had a very high value of the ﬁtness function. Genetic algorithm (GA) These parameter settings for this algorithm are usually constrained as the following: 0 ≤ w ≤ 1. Until all candidate solutions are at their highest ﬁtness positions and the termination criterion is satisﬁed. the single-objective ˇ-sub problem is solved using GA. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) • The MO maximization problem is reformulated as a minimization problem by inverting the objective functions. • Obtain the local minima of individual objective functions. Parameters Length of individual string No. • The Pareto front for multiple scalarization values of ˇ is obtained.Author's personal copy T. The inertial coefﬁcient w serves as a dampener or an accelerator during the movement of the particles’. The parameter settings initialized prior to the execution of the GA used in this work are shown in Table 1. PSO or the hybrid GA-PSO where these algorithms are termed as NBIPSO (NPSO). • The multi-objective (MO) problem is then reformulated as a single-objective ˇ-sub problem by using the value of the local optimums. else go to Step 3. Step 1: Initialize a random chromosome for n individuals in the population. . / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 Table 1 Genetic algorithm (GA) settings. Ganesan et al. Step 4: Mutate offspring for this generation. Step 2: Assign ﬁtness conditions to each of the n individuals in the population.3333 0. these iterations are then START Fitness criterions are assigned to each of the n individuals. Step 6: The next population of n individuals is chosen. NBIGA (NGA) and NBI Hybrid GA-PSO (NHPSO). • The single-objective ˇ-sub problem is then solved.

n is the swarm iteration and T is the overall program iteration. / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 sustained. stop program and print solutions. Algorithm ﬂow for PSO. else proceed to Step 6 Step 6: Proceed with the evaluation of the ﬁtness of each particle in the swarm. 2. n > no + T. in the event during this iterative process the position of all the particles converges. The initialization parameters for this algorithm is shown in Table 2 and the workﬂow is provided in Fig. However. update position xi and velocity vi and go to Step 3. i Initialize algorithm parameters Randomly initialize position xi(n) and velocity vi(n) n = n +1 Compute inertial and social influence T = T +1 Compute position xi(n+1) and velocity vi(n+1) at next iteration NO Is fitness criterion satisfied? YES Evaluate fitness of the swarms YES Is n > no+T ? NO STOP Fig. START Initialize no of particles. r2 . i and the initialize parameter settings w. 2. the solutions are feasible with respect to the speciﬁed ranges. no further optimization of the objective function occurs and all the decision variables are non-negative (for the problem at hand) then it can be said that the ﬁtness criterion are met. Step 7: If the ﬁtness conditions are satisﬁed. The algorithm of the PSO method used in this work is shown as follows: Step 1: Set number of particles. r1 . Hence the candidate solutions are at their ﬁttest and the program is stopped and the solutions are printed. . no Step 2: Randomly initialize particles’ position xi (n) and velocity vi (n) Step 3: Calculate inertial and social components of the particles Step 4: Compute position xi (n + 1) and velocity vi (n + 1) of the particles at next iteration Step 5: If the swarm evolution time. Ganesan et al. where no is some constant. c2 . else go to Step 3. c1 .Author's personal copy 200 T.

Step 9: If the stopping criterion are satisﬁed halt program and print solutions.5.00302BC − 0. r2 . 1. Step 10: Set no of particles.033.66D + 0. sieve analysis tests were carried out in Parappagoudar et al.00389B2 − 1.5 ≤ C ≤ 3 3≤D≤5 To obtain the size distributions of the silica sand and the grain ﬁneness number.45B2 − 4.00008A2 + 0.6556D2 − 0. 3 shows the mechanism of placement of the GA and PSO algorithms in the NBI sections. The objective functions and the range of the decision variables are shown as follows: f1 = 17.1CD (8) f3 = 38. r1 . s2 . 1. permeability (f2 ).51 − 15. p6 ) Values (1.Author's personal copy T. update position xi and velocity vi and go to Step 12.0151AC − 0. Ganesan et al. w) Number of particles Initial social inﬂuence (s1 . Next. 0.05.001A2 − 0.0006AD − 0.00107D2 − 0.00019BD − 0.2079D2 + 0.025. As mentioned in the introduction section.0009B2 + 0.0451AD + 0.014A2 + 0.1215AC − 0.6378BD + 2. / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 Table 2 Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) settings. Secondly. The parameter settings in the hybrid method are identical to the settings employed in the pure methods. else go to Step 3. 4. else go to Step 12. [29]. In Surekha et al.19BC + 1. hardness (f3 ) and bulk density (f4 ). Application data Algorithm 3. green compression strength (f1 ). the objective functions as given in Eqs. Step 4: Mutate offspring for this generation.00052B − 0.2527 − 1. The responses are. Hybrid GA-PSO The responses of the mould heavily inﬂuence the quality of the ﬁnal product of the green sand mould system. The hybridization procedure in Fig.51C − 105. meta-heuristic techniques (such as GA and PSO) can be incorporated into the NBI approach at two segments. the grain ﬁneness number (A).07A2 + 0. Step 16: If ﬁtness criterion satisﬁed. [14]. Flow of the pure and hybrid GA and PSO techniques in the NBI method.4746B + 7. Step 2: Assign ﬁtness conditions to each of the n individuals in the population.5.22D2 + 0. r1 . i and the initialize parameter settings w. The algorithm for the hybrid GA-PSO approach is as the following: Step 1: Initialize a random chromosome for n individuals in the population. experiments were conducted by varying the combination of the parameters using the central composite design. Parameters Initial parameter (c1 . Step 8: Assess the ﬁtness of each offspring in the generation. no Step 11: Randomly initialize particles’ position xi (n) and velocity vi (n) Step 12: Calculate inertial and social components of the particles Step 13: Compute position xi (n + 1) and velocity vi (n + 1) at next iteration f2 = 1192. c2 . else proceed to Step 6 Step 15: Evaluate ﬁtness swarm based on the objective function of the ˇ-sub problem for each scalarization.0945B2 − 7.075BC − 0. s4 .99BD − 3.2843 − 0. s5 . 1. In contrast to the pure GA and PSO approach (where both segments in the NBI approach are embedded with the PSO or GA technique). These objectives on the other hand are inﬂuenced by on the process (or decision) variables which are.5516BC + 0.7463B + 32. Step 7: Set new population = current population.3203C + 6. using these techniques for solving the ˇ-sub problem by varying the weights. p4 .00186CD (10) 52 ≤ A ≤ 94 8 ≤ B ≤ 12 1. c1 .0015AB − 0. .1. these responses are represented mathematically as the objective functions. 5.66B + 9. the hybrid approach uses GA to ﬁnd the local minima and PSO for solving the ˇ-sub problem. n > no + T.01316A − 0.0468AB − 0. 1.689CD) (7) The hybrid GA-PSO in this work was developed by using both techniques at different sections of the NBI approach. (7)–(10) and the constraints as given (11) Fig.0239C 2 − 0. Step 3: By recombination from the current population. 3.575D + 0. halt and print solutions.7857C 2 − 1.0494A + 2. First being the use of these techniques as a tool to search for the local minima of the individual objective functions. 1. 1. create offspring for the next generation.6988C 2 − 0. p2 . p3 . The mathematical model of the green mould system was developed where. 0.13C 2 + 4.00004AB − 0. Step 5: The parent selection to create the next generation is done by tournament selection.11AB + 0. c2 .65CD (9) f4 = 1.774D + 0.2. s6 ) Initial personal inﬂuence (p1 .06845C + 0. Similarly.00029AD − 0. 4.8434C + 7.7384A − 2.2AC + 0. the authors also conducted gelling index tests for the determination the strength of clay.1938BD + 0.98A − 35. s3 .8) 6 (1. 6. percentage of clay content (B). Step 6: The next population of n individuals is chosen. p5 .017) (3.02.0083D − 0.02616 + 0. r2 . percentage of water content (C) and number of strokes (D). 0.00018AC + 0. 7. 8) 201 Step 14: If the swarm evolution time.52AD + 1.

the algorithms presented in this work: NGA. ﬁrst to obtain the individual optima then to solve the ˇ-sub problems for each of the scalarization.574 2. although the NGA. 0. 4–6.4. 4. Ganesan et al.5992 60. / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 Table 3 The comparison of the best solutions obtained by the algorithms.9998 2. [14].4. respectively.3).9024 2. NPSO. The Pareto frontiers of the objectives obtained by the NGA method are presented in Fig.5778 11. NPSO and NHPSO may produce excellent results.3421 11.5888 Decision variable 93. ˇ2 .9231 2.51525 54.3174 120. Although the algorithms NGA.9999 B C 2.1). 0. a new optima is achieved by the NPSO method (see Table 3) since it outperforms the NGA method.9998 PSO [14] 55. Results and discussion The comparison of the best candidate solutions obtained by the NBI-Genetic Algorithm (NGA).6546 D 4.9998 A 11. [14]) for the GA and PSO are. However. ˇ2 .50958 52.021 and 0. ˇ2 .1.1. 4. 0.4473 f3 f4 1. [14]. The NHPSO method compromises on the objectives f1 .54539 4.5 ≤ C ≤ 3 3≤D≤5 The algorithms used in this work were programmed using the C++ programming language on a personal computer (PC) with an Intel dual core processor running at 2 GHz. f3 .9999 NGA 61.478 88. the NPSO performs better and computationally more efﬁcient as compared Fig. [14]. As mentioned previously. it does compromise in terms of computational due to the complexity of the algorithm.5. these algorithms seem to be computationally inferior as compared to the GA and PSO [14] algorithms.013 s.679 f2 89. the computational time taken for the NGA. [14] is shown in Table 3.022 88. The Pareto frontiers of the objectives obtained by the NGA. and NHPSO were executed on an Intel dual-core processor which is more superior than the machine used in Surekha et al.2195 135. f4 ) subject to 52 ≤ A ≤ 94 8 ≤ B ≤ 12 1.683 and 31. it can be said that the NPSO method in this work outweighs the overall optimization capabilities of NHPSO and NGA. NPSO and NHPSO are executed on a superior machine. ˇ3 ˇ4 ) = (0.80256 in Eq.8441 1. This can be mainly attributed to the complexity of the NBI scheme which is incorporated into the algorithms presented in this work.00906 NPSO 61.2611 89. It can be observed in Table 3 that the NGA and NPSO methods outperform the GA and PSO method from Surekha et al. ˇ3 ˇ4 ) = (0. 21.Author's personal copy 202 T.4112 107. The computational time taken for the algorithms in the previous work (see Surekha et al. NBI-Particle Swarm Optimization (NPSO) and the NBI-hybrid GA and PSO (HNPSO) methods in this work and by the PSO and GA methods (Weighted-Sum) in Surekha et al.4. ˇ3 ˇ4 ) = (0. The best solution candidate in Table 3 was obtained by the NGA method at the weights (objective function trade-offs) (12) (ˇ1 .0001 11. NPSO and NHPSO algorithms are far greater as compared to the GA and PSO in [14]. the GA and the PSO method was used in conjunction with the Weighted Sum method on an Intel Pentium IV processor (single core).1876 3. 0.48 s respectively. it can be seen that the computational time for NGA.2. 0.0263 1. 0. Description Algorithms GA [14] Objective function 54. It is also observed similar to the results in Surekha et al. In Table 3 the solution was obtained by the NPSO method at the weights (objective function trade-offs) (ˇ1 . In this work.9377 f1 53. f2 . 0. The best solution candidate obtained by the NPSO method at the weights (objective function trade-offs) (ˇ1 .5079 52. In Surekha et al.58366 73. 0. The NBI scheme (see Methodology – Section A) requires the application of the algorithms twice.7936 1.1. The MO optimization problem statement for the green mould system problem is shown as follows: Max(f1 . Thus. Pareto frontiers of the objectives obtained by the NGA method. NSPO and the NHPSO algorithms are 282.1. f3 and f4 while maximizing the objective f2 very effectively.895 84. 0.7462 11.404. 0. 5. However.3). Thus. (11).18636 NHPSO 58.8452 4. [14]. NPSO and NHPSO methods are presented in Figs. .3809 1. respectively.05415 4.

Fig. [14]. Pareto frontiers of the objectives obtained by the NPSO method. Due to the incorporation of the GA segment in the NHPSO. . / Journal of Manufacturing Systems 32 (2013) 197–205 203 Fig. This is because a uniform solution spread gives a more gradual change in the relative signiﬁcance of the objectives in the alternative solutions. both methods (NBI and Weighted Sum) do not guarantee Pareto optimality (only in the weak sense [30]). In this work. 6. The NGA. In Surekha et al. However. Pareto frontiers of the objectives obtained by the NHPSO method. the Weighted Sum method produces a progression of Pareto efﬁcient solutions although the spread of solutions are not well distributed. using the NBI method. the spread of Pareto efﬁcient solutions are near-uniformly spaced. 5. Ganesan et al.Author's personal copy T. All Pareto-efﬁcient solutions produced by the algorithms developed in this work were feasible and no constraints were compromised. The spread of the Pareto efﬁcient solutions are vital in MO scenarios. to the NGA algorithm. thus it is computationally more expensive than the NPSO but more efﬁcient than the NGA. The stopping criteria used in the algorithms used in this work was the maximum number of function evaluations (which was pre-deﬁned to 50). NPSO and NHPSO algorithms performed stable computations during the search of the individual minima as and while solving the ˇ-sub problems.

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