A modification of artificial bee colony algorithm applied to loudspeaker design problem

Xin Zhang, Xiu Zhang, Siu Lau Ho, Weinong Fu

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The design of electromagnetic devices is generally multimodal, multidimensional, and constrained. Its simulation-based feature makes traditional optimization algorithms unsuitable to use; whereas metaheuristic approaches are good choices for tackling such problems. Since many electromagnetic design problems require excessive computer resources even on modern computers, attempts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of metaheuristic approaches are very challenging for designers. This paper proposes a modification of artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm. The design philosophy of this algorithm is to promote the convergence rate of ABC. The properties of the modified ABC algorithm are analyzed by testing, first, on two mathematical functions. The proposed algorithm is then applied to solve a loudspeaker design problem using FEM. Promising performance is obtained when compared with those using original ABC, genetic algorithm, particle swarm optimization, and differential evolution algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6749131
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • Artificial bee colony (ABC)
  • convergence rate
  • electromagnetic devices
  • electromagnetic field
  • FEM
  • loudspeaker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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