The particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm is a stochastic search technique based on the social dynamics of a flock of birds. It has been established that the performance of the PSO algorithm is sensitive to the values assigned to its control parameters. Many studies have examined the long-term behaviours of various PSO parameter configurations, but have failed to provide a quantitative analysis across a variety of benchmark problems. Furthermore, two important questions have remained unanswered. Specifically, the effects of the balance between the values of the acceleration coefficients on the optimal parameter regions, and whether the optimal parameters to employ are time-dependent, warrant further investigation. This study addresses both questions by examining the performance of a global-best PSO using 3036 different parameter configurations on a set of 22 benchmark problems. Results indicate that the balance between the acceleration coefficients does impact the regions of parameter space that lead to optimal performance. Additionally, this study provides concrete evidence that, for the examined problem dimensions, larger acceleration coefficients are preferred as the search progresses, thereby indicating that the optimal parameters are, in fact, time-dependent. Finally, this study provides a general recommendation for the selection of PSO control parameter values.
Yekoladio, Peni Junior(University of Pretoria, 2013)
The present work addresses the thermodynamic optimization of small binary-cycle geothermal power plants. The optimization process and entropy generation minimization analysis were performed to minimize the overall exergy ...
Refinery operations are responsible for a high fraction of
the energy used in the world and have a significant
environmental impact on account of CO2 emissions. One of the
major causes reducing their energy efficiency ...
Essien, Mmekutmfon Sunday(University of Pretoria, 2013-06-28)
The aim and objective of this research is to formulate and solve a multi-objective optimization problem
for the optimal placement of multiple rows and multiple columns of fixed flat-plate solar collectors
in a field. ...