Packing Ovals In Optimized Regular Polygons

We present a model development framework and numerical solution approach to the general problem-class of packing convex objects into optimized convex containers. Specifically, here we discuss the problem of packing ovals (egg-shaped objects, defined here as generalized ellipses) into optimized regular polygons in R". Our solution strategy is based on the use of embedded Lagrange multipliers, followed by nonlinear (global-local) optimization. The numerical results are attained using randomized starting solutions refined by a single call to a local optimization solver. We obtain credible, tight packings for packing 4 to 10 ovals into regular polygons with 3 to 10 sides in all (224) test problems presented here, and for other similarly difficult packing problems.


Research Report, November 2018. Submitted for publication.



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