I cannot find any information on this I can understand, is this even the right place to post this question?

Asking in regards to the evaluation of different designs

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    \$\begingroup\$ Where did you read "Pareto-optimal design"? In what context? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 24 '19 at 15:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like something to do with game theory \$\endgroup\$
    – Colin
    Apr 24 '19 at 15:56

You might have a look e.g. at Fig. 12 in the paper ηρ-Pareto Optimization and Comparative Evaluation of Inverter Concepts considered for the GOOGLE Little Box Challenge.

What they do is the following: You select parameters of a converter system optimization, e.g. efficiency and power density (which characterizes the converter size), and you plot a point in the diagram for a specific design. You do this for a large variation on design parameters and get a lot of such points. The "outer border curve" of such a cloud of points, each representing a valid design based on different parameters, is called the Pareto front.

It allows to conveniently select a good compromise of optimized designs concerning the target parameters, e.g. efficiency and power density. Other popular target parameters for power converter optimization are e.g. cost and/or weight. You can apply Patreto Fronts for all kind of design optimizations, not only power electronics.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like the flip side of Monte Carlo \$\endgroup\$
    – DKNguyen
    Apr 24 '19 at 16:04

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