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2015-09-14 ...
  • September 14-25, 2015 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
Training / Education Online Web Seminars
The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been widely implemented by automotive companies and is used by design engineers as a tool during the product development process. Design engineers analyze their own designs while they are still in the form of easily modifiable CAD models to allow for quick turnaround times and to ensure prompt implementation of analysis results in the design process.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2135
Martin Schulz, Michael Sinapius
A designer of a new mechanical ice protection system for airplanes needs to know how much and in which way he has to deform the surface to break off the ice. The ice adhesion strength is often used as design value. To measure the adhesive strength several methods have been published. This paper presents a review about those methods and discusses the way the adhesion strength is derived. Finite Element Method is used to give a good insight into the stress state at failure for different load cases. The implication of these illustrations is that equations which use only ultimate force and total interfacial area to calculate adhesion strength miss the local stress state at the crack tip and the complex process of crack growing. Hence the derived adhesion strength may not be comparable with others, because they depend in fact on neglected parameters like specimen size, substrate thickness and stiffness.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2357
Hiromichi Tsuji, Kimihiko Nakano
In the early stage of digital phase and prototype experimental phase, the identification of the operational force on the components and the most important paths of the vibration correlated to the one of the evaluation points, such as steering, seats, and passenger ears, is required for optimizing the dynamic characteristics of the subsystem components of the vehicle. The transfer path analysis (TPA) with the impedance matrix of the component joints is widely used and reliable method to identify the force and the paths of the noise and vibration. However, the conduction of this TPA costs a lot of times. In addition, the estimated force includes not contributing to the evaluation responses. The uncorrelated force to the evaluation responses causes the design errors of the dynamic characteristics in the digital development phase. To solve the problems, a new force estimation technique is presented in this paper.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2356
Huangxing Chen, David W. Herrin
The insertion loss of louvered terminations is determined using acoustic finite element analysis. The analysis is conducted in the plane wave regime and the source is anechoic. Insertion loss is determined by taking the difference between the sound power with and without the louvers at the termination. The effect of different louver configurations on insertion loss is examined. Parameters investigated include louver length, angle, spacing between louvers, and sound absorption thickness.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2237
Nickolas Vlahopoulos, Sergey Medyanik
Structural-Acoustic Joints for Incompatible Models in the Energy Finite Element Analysis Sergey Medyanik, Michigan Engineering Services, LLC Nickolas Vlahopoulos, University of Michigan In the EFEA method, the governing differential equations are formulated for an energy variable that has been spatially averaged over a wavelength and time averaged over a period. Differential equations are derived for all wave bearing domains within a system. Each differential equation represents a power balance over a control volume. The corresponding fundamental solutions vary exponentially with space, thus requiring only a small number of elements to capture numerically the smooth spatial variation. Joint matrices are required between the finite elements at locations where discontinuities in the primary EFEA variables exist.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2236
Parimal Tathavadekar, Ricardo O. de Alba Alvarez, Michael Sanderson, Rabah Hadjit
Finite element analysis (FEA) is commonly used in the automotive industry to predict low frequency NVH behavior (<150 Hz) of structures. Also, statistical energy analysis (SEA) framework is used to predict high frequency (>400 Hz) noise transmission from the source space to the receiver space. A comprehensive approach addressing the entire spectrum (>20 Hz) by taking into account structure-borne and air-borne paths is not commonplace. In the works leading up to this paper a hybrid methodology was employed to predict structure-borne and air-borne transfer functions up to 1000 Hz by combining FEA and SEA. The dash panel was represented by FE structural subsystems and the noise control treatments (NCTs) and the pass-throughs were characterized via testing to limit uncertainty in modeling. The rest of the structure and the fluid spaces were characterized as SEA subsystems.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2194
Giorgio Bartolozzi, Marco Danti, Guido Nierop, Andrea Camia
Within the automotive industry, a typical way to account for tires in a roadnoise mission simulation is to use the “modal model” supplied by tire manufacturers. Even though this kind of models is certified by the suppliers and is very simple to use, it has the drawback to be disconnected from the physical description of the tire. This reflects in limiting the carmaker company to be able only to request certain modal characteristics to the supplier. The aim of this paper is to present an accurate, yet easy to use, methodology to develop an FE model of a tire, to be used in a full-vehicle simulation. The determined model must be connected to the tire physical properties. These properties are not measured directly, but determined by tuning a properly created geometric FE model to the measured point inertances of the inflated tire. This allows creating the model only by using an optimization algorithm to tune such properties.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2233
Hudson P. V
Generally the brake system products are mounted on chassis with brackets which are subjected to dynamic loads due to road undulations. Exhaust brake is used to restrict the engine exhaust flow passage and thereby creates a back pressure in the engine for reducing the engine speed. This in turn reduces the vehicle speed. This is widely used in the vehicles operating in the hilly areas. This product is mounted on the exhaust passage and the air cylinder sub-assembly which actuates the exhaust brake is mounted on a bracket. Automotive industries perform durability tests on vehicles to reduce the failure on end-user environment. An assembly which has cleared the durability test got failed on addition of a spring into the assembly. The inclusion of spring is for enhancing the performance of the overall assembly. This paper deals with investigations carried out using finite element method (FEM) to study the effect of spring on the assembly and to propose a design solution for the failure.
2015-05-11 ...
  • May 11-22, 2015 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
  • October 19-30, 2015 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
Training / Education Online Web Seminars
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been used by engineers as a design tool in new product development since the early 1990's. Until recently, most FEA applications have been limited to static analysis due to the cost and complexity of advanced types of analyses. Progress in the commercial FEA software and in computing hardware has now made it practical to use advanced types as an everyday design tool of design engineers. In addition, competitive pressures and quality requirements demand a more in-depth understanding of product behavior under real life loading conditions.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1148
Xi Li, Weiguo Zhang, Jinning Li, Ming Jiang, Yunqing Zhang
Abstract A simulation model of the single cone synchronizer is presented using the dynamic implicit algorithm with commercial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software Abaqus. The meshing components include sleeve gear, blocking ring and clutch gear, which are all considered as deformation body. The processes mainly contain the contact between sleeve teeth and blocking teeth, meshing period and the impact of sleeve teeth and clutch gear teeth, and these nonlinear contact steps are realized with Abaqus. In addition, a shift force derives from experiment is applied to the sleeve ring, and a moment is added to the clutch gear to realize the relative rotational speed. Based on the FEA model, the effect of the varied frictional coefficients between the cone surfaces of blocking ring and clutch gear on the synchronizer time and contact stress is discussed. Variation of stresses and contact force with respect to time are evaluated from this analysis.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1154
Benjamin Black, Tomohiro Morita, Yusuke Minami, David Farnia
Abstract Test and validation of control systems for hybrid vehicle power trains provide a unique set of challenges. Not only does the electronic control unit (ECU), or pair of ECUs, need to smoothly coordinate power flow between two or more power plants, but it also must handle the power electronics' high-speed dynamics due to PWM signals frequently in the 10-20 kHz range. The trend in testing all-electric and hybrid-electric ECUs has moved toward using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) as the processing node for simulating inverter and electric motor dynamics in real time. Acting as a purpose-built processor colocated with analog and digital input and output, the FPGA makes it possible for real-time simulation loop rates on the order of one microsecond.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1345
Srinivas Kurna, Arpit Mathur, Sandeep Sharma
Abstract In commercial vehicle, Leaf Spring design is an important milestone during product design and development. Leaf springs are the most popular designs having multiple leaves in contact with each other and show hysteresis behavior when loaded and unloaded. Commonly used methods for evaluation of leaf spring strength like endurance trials on field and Rig testing are time consuming and costly. On the other hand, virtual testing methods for strength and stiffness evaluation give useful information early in the design cycle and save considerable time and cost. They give flexibility to evaluate multiple design options and accommodate any design change early in development cycle. A study has been done in Volvo-Eicher to correlate Rig result with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation result of Multi-stage Suspension Leaf Spring, entirely through Finite Element Analysis route.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0693
Tadashi Naito, Yuta Urushiyama, Michael Bruyneel
Abstract The strength characteristic of CFRP composite materials often is dependent on the internal micro-structural fracture mode. Therefore, in order to precisely predict this strength, each fracture mode and its mutual influence must be taken into account in a simulation. In this paper, intra-ply fracture progression and load characteristics of a cyclic loading test were analyzed, utilizing a material model proposed by Ladeveze et al. The model can evaluate different fracture modes and the stiffness degradation resulting from them. The analyzed results were compared with actual test results to confirm the validity of the analysis. Another analysis was performed without considering the mutual influence of the different fracture modes, and the results were compared to discuss the necessity of the coupling.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0688
Wassan Abd Al-Sahb, Oday Ibraheem Abdullah
Abstract This paper presents three-dimensional thermal model, performed transient thermal analysis for the grooved dry friction clutches. A finite element technique has been used to study the effect of radial and /or circumferential grooves (classic models) on the temperature distribution for dry friction clutch during a single engagement. The friction clutch has been discretised using 20-noded brick elements. The effect of the groove area ratio (G.R=groove area / total contact area), number of grooves and their location are investigated. Furthermore, new groove shapes have been suggested, e.g., curved groove. The response of the new suggested groove has been compared to the already existing shapes. The commercial ANSYS13 has been used to perform the numerical computations in this paper.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0626
Adam C. Reid, Moustafa El-Gindy, Fredrik Oijer, David Philipps
Abstract The purpose of this research paper is to outline the procedure behind the parameter population of a wide-base rigid ring model. A rigid ring model is a mathematical representation of a highly non-linear FEA tire model that incorporates the characteristics and behaviour of a known physical tire. The rigid ring model parameters are determined using carefully designed virtual scenarios which will isolate for the parameter in question. Once all of the parameters have been calculated, for in-plane as well as out-of-plane parameters, a full rigid ring model can be populated. This model can also be modified to accommodate for a tire model simulated running over soft soils if necessary. For the purpose of this research however, the soft soil parameters were not determined. Once the rigid ring model is complete, the parameters can be used in a highly simplified virtual model to replicate the known behaviour of the tire but reduce the overall complexity of the full vehicle model.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0638
Bo Tan, Yu Yang, Jun Huang, Wenhui Liu, Dongqing Zhang
Abstract The structure optimization method for heavy truck propeller shaft bracket is presented in this research. A model including propeller shaft, mount, bracket and frame is established based on finite element analysis and rigid-flexible coupling analysis. Under the unbalanced excitation, the dynamic response of the propeller shaft and dynamic stress on the bracket are presented. The effects of bracket structure mode on the frequency response and stress on the bracket are studied. As an engineering example, the optimization design of a heavy truck propeller shaft bracket is presented and a final experimental verification is validated by a real vehicle test.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0496
Anindya Deb, Ranga Srinivas Gunti, Clifford Chou, Utpal Dutta
The present work is concerned with the objective of multi disciplinary design optimization (MDO) of an automotive front end structure using truncated finite element model. A truncated finite element model of a real world vehicle is developed and its efficacy for use in design optimization is demonstrated. The main goal adopted here is minimizing the weight of the front end structure meeting NVH, durability and crash safety targets. Using the Response Surface Method (RSM) and the Design Of Experiments (DOE) technique, second order polynomial response surfaces are generated for prediction of the structural performance parameters such as lowest modal frequency, fatigue life, and peak deceleration value.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0584
HaiYan Yu, JiaYi Shen, Gang He
Abstract The yield locus of a cold-rolled transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP780) steel sheet was investigated using a biaxial tensile test on a cruciform specimen. The effect of the key dimensions of the cruciform specimen on the calculation error and stress inhomogeneity was analyzed in detail using an orthogonal test combined with a finite element analysis. Scanning electron metallography (SEM) observations of the TRIP780 steel were performed. The yield curve of the TRIP780 steel was also calculated using the Von Mises, Hill '48, Hill '93, Barlat '89, Gotoh and Hosford yield criteria. The experimental results indicate that none of the selected yield criteria completely agree with the experimental curve. The Hill '48 and Hosford yield criteria have the largest error while the Hill '93 and Gotoh yield criteria have the smallest error.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0578
Wei Li, Yi-Pen Cheng, Lisa Furton
Abstract Finite element dummy models have been more and more widely applied in virtual development of occupant protection systems across the automotive industry due to their predictive capabilities. H350 dyna dummy model [1] is a finite element representation of the Hybrid III male dummy [2], which is designed to represent the average of the United States adult male population. Lower extremity injuries continue to occur in front crash accidents despite increasing improvement of vehicle crashworthiness and occupant restraint system. It is therefore desirable to predict lower tibia injury numbers in front occupant simulations. Though lower tibia loading/index predictions are not studied as much as the FMVSS 208 regulated injury numbers, the tibia indices are injury criteria that need to be assessed during IIHS and Euro NCAP frontal offset occupant simulations.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0554
Rafaa Esmaael, Vernon Fernandez
An accurate prediction of elasto-plastic cyclic deformation becomes extremely important in design optimization. It also leads to more accurate fatigue life prediction and hence weight savings. In paper presents a two-stage notch root prediction method. This is based on a correction expression to Neuber's rule notch strain amplitude as the first stage, and a linear interpolation scheme as the second stage. The accuracy of this method is assessed by comparing the predicted results with the results obtained from elasto-plastic finite element analysis. Various types of steels with different yield strengths were used in this study. Notch deformation behavior under cyclic variable amplitude loading conditions was monitored for a double notched flat plate and a circumference notched round bar to cover plain stress and plain strain conditions. Elastic as well as elasto-plastic finite element analyses are performed.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0553
Yu Zhang, Weiqin Tang, Dayong Li, Xuming Su, Shiyao Huang, Yandong Shi, Yinghong Peng
SIF value around weld nugget changes when specimen width is different. To investigate the influence of specimen width on SIF value around weld nugget of coach peel specimen (CP), a finite element model was established in this paper. In this model, a contour integral crack was used, and the area around the nugget was treated as crack tip. Results indicated that when specimen width was below 50mm, SIF decreased rapidly with the increase of specimen width. When specimen width was larger than 50mm, SIF almost remained constant with the variation of specimen width. To further study the influences of nugget diameter and sheet thickness on the Width-SIF curves, CP specimens with different nugget diameters (5mm, 6mm and 7mm) and sheet thicknesses (1.2mm, 1.6mm and 2.0mm) were established in ABAQUS. Simulation results of all CP specimens showed a similar relationship between specimen width and SIF.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0618
Zhihong Dong, Ying Sun, Guitao Zhu, Shihu Wang, Jian Zeng, Yuliang Yang
Abstract Based on the modal frequency response theory and experiment, the installation layout evaluation and structural optimization method for SIS(side impact sensors) installation position is studied. Establish the finite element model including B-pillar, roof and floor with local constraint. Than study the key parameter's influence on the frequency response analysis results, and the simulation results are correlated by experiment. In view of the installation layout requirements of side impact sensors, the structure optimization method for installation position of side impact sensor is put forward. The optimal scheme is confirmed by the finite element analysis, and a final experimental verification was implemented by a real vehicle test.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-1570
Daniel Vilela, Rubens Pinati, Scott Larsen, Erick Rodrigues, Renato Serrati
Abstract This study presents the comparison of vehicle handling performance results obtained using physical test tire data and a tire model developed by means of Finite Element Method. Real tires have been measured in laboratory to obtain the tire force and moment curves in terms of lateral force and align torque as function of tire slip angle and vertical force. The same tire construction has been modeled with Finite Element Method and explicit formulation to generate the force and moment response curves. Pacejka Magic Formula tire response models were then created to represent these curves from both physical and virtual tires. In the sequence, these tire response models were integrated into a virtual multibody vehicle model developed to assess handling maneuvers.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0449
Libo Cao, Kai Zhang, Xin Lv, Lingbo Yan
Abstract The public Hybrid III family finite element models have been used in simulation of automotive safety research widely. The validity of an ATD finite element model is largely dependent on the accuracy of model structure and accurate material property parameters especially for the soft material. For Hybrid III 50th percentile male dummy model, the femur load is a vital parameter for evaluating the injury risks of lower limbs, so the importance of accuracy of knee subcomponent model is obvious. The objective of this work was to evaluate the accuracy of knee subcomponent model and improve the validity of it. Comparisons between knee physical model and knee finite element model were conducted for both structure and property of material. The inaccuracy of structure and the material model of the published model were observed.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0451
Hao Zhu, Yumei Hu, Changlong Li, Biwen Zhou, Xi Tan
Abstract The serpentine belt's multi-scale problems in geometric size, which gives rise to a very large number of element and deeply low calculating efficiency, always bring obstacles when predicting the dynamic response of a serpentine belt driving system using three-dimensional finite element model (FEM). In this paper, a simplified finite element model is built which can accurately present the original serpentine belt's geometric characteristics such as cross-area and moment of inertia, as well as material characteristics such as stiffness and damping, etc. This simplified model is then used in a three-dimensional belt-drive model to simulate the dynamic characteristics of the belt-drive system. The results show that the tension fluctuation for the original serpentine belt and the simplified belt are in good agreement with each other which confirms that the simplified belt model can be used to predict the engine front end accessory drive system (EFEADS)'s dynamic characteristics.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0485
Mehdi Modares, Joshua Bergerson
Abstract In order to ensure the safety of a structure, adequate strength for structural elements must be provided. Moreover, catastrophic deformations such as buckling must be prevented. Using the linear finite element method, deterministic buckling analysis is completed in two main steps. First, a static analysis is performed using an arbitrary ordinate applied loading pattern. Using the obtained element axial forces, the geometric stiffness of the structure is assembled. Second, an eigenvalue problem is performed between structure's elastic and geometric stiffness matrices, yielding the structure's critical buckling loads. However, these deterministic approaches do not consider uncertainty the structure's material and geometric properties. In this work, a new method for finite element based buckling analysis of a structure with uncertainty is developed.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0484
Naijia Xiao, Rafi L. Muhanna, Francesco Fedele, Robert L. Mullen
Abstract We analyze the frequency response of structural dynamic systems with uncertainties in load and material properties. We introduce uncertainties in the system as interval numbers, and use Interval Finite Element Method (IFEM). Overestimation due to dependency is reduced using a new decomposition for the stiffness and mass matrices, as well as for the nodal equivalent load. In addition, primary and derived quantities are simultaneously obtained by means of Lagrangian multipliers that are introduced in the total energy of the system. The obtained interval equations are solved by means of a new variant of the iterative enclosure method resulting in guaranteed enclosures of relevant quantities. Several numerical examples show the accuracy and efficiency of the new formulation.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0482
Naijia Xiao, Rafi L. Muhanna, Francesco Fedele, Robert L. Mullen
Abstract We present a new interval-based formulation for the static analysis of plane stress/strain problems with uncertain parameters in load, material and geometry. We exploit the Interval Finite Element Method (IFEM) to model uncertainties in the system. Overestimation due to dependency among interval variables is reduced using a new decomposition strategy for the structural stiffness matrix and the nodal equivalent load vector. Primary and derived quantities follow from minimization of the total energy and they are solved simultaneously and with the same accuracy by means of Lagrangian multipliers. Two different element assembly strategies are introduced in the formulation: one is Element-by-Element, and the other resembles conventional assembly. In addition, we implement a new variant of the interval iterative enclosure method to obtain outer and inner solutions. Numerical examples show that the proposed interval approach guarantees to enclose the exact system response.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0473
YiRui Wang, Gangfeng Tan, Bo Yang, Can Wang
Abstract According to the resonant pavement crusher's work principle, its front frame mounted with the resonance system must meet the needs of the structural requirements. To satisfy the strength and stiffness requirement and avoid the resonance, the natural frequency of the front frame should be designed away from the crusher's working frequency. In this paper, the author builds a finite element model of the front frame and analyses its modal. According to the modal analysis results, the fourth modal frequency is close to the working frequency of the crusher. So the front frame should be optimized. In the finite element model, the front frame has been divided into a number of components of shell elements. Through optimal Latin hypercube experimental design, the author analyses the different component thickness's relationship of the frequencies of the front frame. The components with higher correlation coefficient have been chosen as the variables of optimization.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0676
Oday Ibraheem Abdullah, Wassan Abd Al-Sahb, Abdullah Al-Shabibi
Abstract The high thermal stresses generated between the contacting surfaces of a multi-disc clutch system (pressure plate, clutch discs, plate separators and piston) due to the frictional heating generated during the slipping, is considered to be one of the main reasons of clutch failure for contact surfaces. A finite element technique has been used to study the transient thermoelastic phenomena of a multi-disc dry clutch. The results present the contact pressure distribution, the temperature evaluation and the heat flux generated along the frictional surfaces. Analysis has been completed using two-dimensional axisymmetric model to simulate the multi-disc clutch. ANSYS software has been used to perform the numerical calculation in this paper.
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