260754 Globally Optimizing Mixed-Integer Signomial Programs

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 9:14 AM
325 (Convention Center )
Christodoulos A. Floudas and Ruth Misener, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

We develop a computational framework for addressing mixed-integer signomial optimization problems (MISO) to epsilon-global optimality. Chemical engineering applications of MISO include heat exchanger network design, chemical reactor design, optimal condenser design, oxygen production, membrane separation process design, optimal design of cooling towers, chemical equilibrium problems, optimal control, batch plant modeling, and optimal location of hydrogen supply centers [13].

This work encompasses and extends previous development of the Global Mixed-Integer Quadratic Optimizer, GloMIQO [18, 19]. As in GloMIQO, our approach is based on (1) reformulating user input, (2) detecting special mathematical structure, and (3) branch-and-bound global optimization. All our solution strategies for quadratic programs are integrated into this work; this presentation highlights new components for signomial functions.

In the reformulation stage, we transform a factorable programming tree into a flattened expression tree. This automatic procedure effectively flattens nonconvex expressions from vertical, operator-based data structures (e.g., [8, 21]) to horizontal, term-based data structures (e.g., [1, 2, 12]).

In the detection stage, we elucidate special mathematical structure in the terms including convexity/concavity and edge-convexity/edge-concavity. The term-based data structures allow us easy access to specially developed tight convex underestimators for trilinear terms [15, 16], quadrilinear terms [6], odd-degree monomials [9], signomial terms [10, 11, 13], low-dimensional edge-concave terms [17, 22], products of convex functions [12], and general nonconvex terms [1, 2, 12]. In addition to discerning tight convex underestimators for individual terms, we interlink the terms using an implementation of the Reformulation-Linearization Technique that considers all possible combinations of products between variables, nonlinear terms, and equations [20].

In the global optimization stage, we use the special mathematical structure elucidated in the detection stage to: generate tight convex relaxations, dynamically add separating cuts, partition the search space, bound the variables, and find feasible solutions. Different underestimation strategies may have varying relative efficacy throughout the branch-and-bound tree [3, 8]; we generate candidate hyperplanes using an array of convexification strategies. Due to steep computational costs associated with generating the deepest possible cut, we temper our analysis of each cutting plane strategy with complexity analysis.

We extensively test and validate our work based on MINLPLib [5], GLOBALLib [7, 14], PerformanceLib, www.minlp.org, and the Bonmin test set [4].


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