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Model order reduction (MOR) is a technique for reducing the computational complexity of mathematical models in numerical simulations. As such it is closely related to the concept of metamodeling with applications in all areas of mathematical modelling.


Many modern mathematical models of real-life processes pose challenges when used in numerical simulations, due to complexity and large size (dimension). Model order reduction aims to lower the computational complexity of such problems, for example, in simulations of large-scale dynamical systems and control systems. By a reduction of the model's associated state space dimension or degrees of freedom, an approximation to the original model is computed which is commonly referred to as a reduced order model.

Reduced order models are useful in settings where it is often unfeasible to perform numerical simulations using the complete full order model. This can be due to limitations in computational resources or the requirements of the simulations setting, for instance real-time simulation settings or many-query settings in which a large number of simulations needs to be performed.[1][2] Examples of Real-time simulation settings include control systems in electronics and visualization of model results while examples for a many-query setting can include optimization problems and design exploration. In order to be applicable to real-world problems, often the requirements of a reduced order model are:[3][4]

A small approximation error compared to the full order model.
Conservation of the properties and characteristics of the full order model (E.g. stability and passivity in electronics).
Computationally efficient and robust reduced order modelling techniques.


Contemporary model order reduction techniques can be broadly classified into 4 classes:[1][5]

Proper orthogonal decomposition methods.[6]
Reduced basis methods.[7]
Balancing methods
simplified physics[8] or operational based reduction methods.[3]

The simplified physics approach can be described to be analogous to the traditional Mathematical modelling approach, in which a less complex description of a system is constructed based on assumptions and simplifications using physical insight or otherwise derived information. However, this approach is not often the topic of discussion in the context of model order reduction as it is a general method in science, engineering, and mathematics.

The remaining listed methods fall into the category of projection-based reduction. Projection-based reduction relies on the projection of either the model equations or the solution onto a basis of reduced dimensionality compared to the original solution space. Methods that also fall into this class but are perhaps less common are:

Proper generalized decomposition[9]
Matrix interpolation
Transfer function interpolation
Piecewise tangential interpolation
Loewner framework
(Empirical) cross Gramian
Krylov subspace methods[10]


Model order reduction finds application within all fields involving mathematical modelling and many reviews exist for the topics of electronics, fluid- and structural mechanics.[8][9][11][6]
Fluid mechanics

Current Problems in fluid mechanics involve large dynamical systems representing many effects on many different scales. Computational fluid dynamics studies often involve models solving the Navier–Stokes equations with a number of degrees of freedom in the order of magnitude upwards of 10 6 {\displaystyle 10^{6}} 10^{6}. The first usage of model order reduction techniques dates back to the work of Lumley in 1967[12] where it was used to gain insight into the mechanisms and intensity of turbulence and large coherent structures present in fluid flow problems. Model order reduction also finds modern applications in Aeronautics to model the flow over the body of aircraft.[13] An example can be found in Lieu et al[14] in which the full order model of an F16 fighter-aircraft with over 2.1 million degrees of freedom, was reduced to a model of just 90 degrees of freedom. Additionally reduced order modeling has been applied to study rheology in Hemodynamics and the Fluid–structure interaction between the blood flowing through the vascular system and the vascular walls.[15][16]
See also

Dimension reduction
Principal component analysis
Singular value decomposition
Nonlinear dimensionality reduction
System identification


Lassila, Toni; Manzoni, Andrea; Quarteroni, Alfio; Rozza, Gianluigi (2014). Model Order Reduction in Fluid Dynamics: Challenges and Perspectives (PDF). Reduced Order Methods for Modeling and Computational Reduction. pp. 235–273. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02090-7_9. ISBN 978-3-319-02089-1.
Rozza, G.; Huynh, D. B. P.; Patera, A. T. (2008-05-21). "Reduced Basis Approximation and a Posteriori Error Estimation for Affinely Parametrized Elliptic Coercive Partial Differential Equations". Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering. 15 (3): 229–275. doi:10.1007/s11831-008-9019-9. ISSN 1134-3060. S2CID 13511413.
Schilders, Wilhelmus; van der Vorst, Henk; Rommes, Joost (2008). Model Order Reduction: Theory, Research Aspects and Applications. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-78841-6.
Antoulas, A.C. (July 2004). "Approximation of Large-Scale Dynamical Systems: An Overview". IFAC Proceedings Volumes. 37 (11): 19–28. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S1474-6670(17)31584-7.
Silva, João M. S.; Villena, Jorge Fernández; Flores, Paulo; Silveira, L. Miguel (2007), "Outstanding Issues in Model Order Reduction", Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 139–152, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-71980-9_13, ISBN 9783540719793
Kerschen, Gaetan; Golinval, Jean-claude; VAKAKIS, ALEXANDER F.; BERGMAN, LAWRENCE A. (2005). "The Method of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition for Dynamical Characterization and Order Reduction of Mechanical Systems: An Overview". Nonlinear Dynamics. 41 (1–3): 147–169. CiteSeerX doi:10.1007/s11071-005-2803-2. ISSN 0924-090X. S2CID 17625377.
Boyaval, S.; Le Bris, C.; Lelièvre, T.; Maday, Y.; Nguyen, N. C.; Patera, A. T. (16 October 2010). "Reduced Basis Techniques for Stochastic Problems". Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering. 17 (4): 435–454. arXiv:1004.0357. doi:10.1007/s11831-010-9056-z. hdl:1721.1/63915. S2CID 446613.
Benner, Peter; Gugercin, Serkan; Willcox, Karen (2015). "A Survey of Projection-Based Model Reduction Methods for Parametric Dynamical Systems" (PDF). SIAM Review. 57 (4): 483–531. doi:10.1137/130932715. hdl:1721.1/100939. ISSN 0036-1445.
Chinesta, Francisco; Ladeveze, Pierre; Cueto, Elías (11 October 2011). "A Short Review on Model Order Reduction Based on Proper Generalized Decomposition" (PDF). Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering. 18 (4): 395–404. doi:10.1007/s11831-011-9064-7. S2CID 54512292.
Bai, Zhaojun (2002). "Krylov subspace techniques for reduced-order modeling of large-scale dynamical systems". Applied Numerical Mathematics. 43 (1–2): 9–44. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S0168-9274(02)00116-2.
Holmes, Philip; Lumley, John L.; Berkooz, Gal (1996). Turbulence, Coherent Structures, Dynamical Systems and Symmetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511622700. ISBN 9780511622700.
Lumley, J.L. (1967). The Structure of Inhomogeneous Turbulence," In: A. M. Yaglom and V. I. Tatarski, Eds., Atmospheric Turbulence and Wave Propagation. Moscow: Nauka.
Walton, S.; Hassan, O.; Morgan, K. (2013). "Reduced order modelling for unsteady fluid flow using proper orthogonal decomposition and radial basis functions". Applied Mathematical Modelling. 37 (20–21): 8930–8945. doi:10.1016/j.apm.2013.04.025. ISSN 0307-904X.
Lieu, T.; Farhat, C.; Lesoinne, M. (2006). "Reduced-order fluid/structure modeling of a complete aircraft configuration". Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 195 (41–43): 5730–5742. doi:10.1016/j.cma.2005.08.026. ISSN 0045-7825.
Xiao, D.; Yang, P.; Fang, F.; Xiang, J.; Pain, C.C.; Navon, I.M. (2016). "Non-intrusive reduced order modelling of fluid–structure interactions" (PDF). Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 303: 35–54. doi:10.1016/j.cma.2015.12.029. ISSN 0045-7825.

Colciago, C.M.; Deparis, S.; Quarteroni, A. (2014). "Comparisons between reduced order models and full 3D models for fluid–structure interaction problems in haemodynamics". Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. 265: 120–138. doi:10.1016/ ISSN 0377-0427.

Further reading

Antoulas, Athanasios C. (2005). Approximation of Large-Scale Dynamical Systems. SIAM. doi:10.1137/1.9780898718713. ISBN 978-0-89871-529-3.

Benner, Peter; Fassbender, Heike (2014), "Model Order Reduction: Techniques and Tools" (PDF), Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, Springer, doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-5102-9_142-1, ISBN 978-1-4471-5102-9

Antoulas, A. C.; Sorensen, D. C.; Gugercin, S. (2001), "A survey of model reduction methods for large-scale systems" (PDF), Structured matrices in mathematics, computer science, and engineering, I (Boulder, CO, 1999), Contemporary Mathematics, 280, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, pp. 193–219, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1090/conm/280/04630, ISBN 9780821819210, MR 1850408

Benner, Peter; Gugercin, Serkan; Willcox, Karen (2013), A survey of model reduction methods for parametric systems (PDF)

Baur, Ulrike; Benner, Peter; Feng, Lihong (2014), "Model order reduction for linear and nonlinear systems: a system-theoretic perspective" (PDF), Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 21 (4): 331–358, doi:10.1007/s11831-014-9111-2, S2CID 39068644

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