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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.
2015-05-11 ...
  • 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
2015-01-0693
Tadashi Naito, Yuta Urushiyama, Michael Bruyneel
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composite material has more strength and stiffness than steel. FEM analysis of coupon test specimens were performed which are accompanied by intra-ply fracture, applying damage model. This model considers the damage evaluation for different fracture modes, stiffness degradation due to the damage, and coupling between different damage modes. The intra-ply damage is divided into three modes; fiber direction damage which represents fiber fracture, and damages in transverse and shear direction with respect to fiber, which arise from resin fractures. Each damage mode is represented by function of thermodynamic force which has the same dimension as strain energy. Damages in transverse and shear directions are coupled by coupling factor and thermodynamic forces. Permanent deformation of resin and non-linearity of the fiber modulus are also considered.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0663
Ling Zheng, Zhanpeng Fang, Zhongcai Tang, Zhenfei Zhan, Jiang-hua Fu
The design optimization of vehicle body structure is addressed to reduce interior noise and improve customer satisfaction in this paper. The structural-acoustic model is established and the response of sound pressure in frequency domain is obtained by using finite element method. The minimization of sound pressure near the driver’s right ear depends on the geometry of vehicle body structure and the layout of damping treatments. The panel participation analysis is performed to find out the key panels as design variables and improve the efficiency of optimization computation. Response Surface Method (RSM) is utilized to optimize the vibro-acoustic properties of vehicle body structure instead of complex structural-acoustic coupling finite element model. Structural-acoustic problem is approximated by a series of quadratic polynomial using RSM. Geometric optimization problem of panels is described and solved to minimize the interior noise in vehicle.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1345
Srinivas Kurna, Arpit Mathur, Sandeep Sharma
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 VECV to correlate rig result with FEA simulation result of Multi-stage Suspension Leaf Spring, entirely through Finite Element Analysis route. Virtual leaf spring with U-Clamps and Suspension brackets with revolute joints are modeled in FEA which is similar to rig test bed setup.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1458
Jia Hu
The driver and front row occupant safety is always the focus in the development of crash regulations and New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). However in recent years, rear row occupant safety is also being paid attention to widely. The rear row occupant safety is being included in the NCAP of different countries. JNCAP began to assess the rear row occupant safety in 2009. C-NCAP started to assess the rear row occupant safety from July, 2012. Euro NCAP is also being updated. The frontal 50-kph full rigid barrier impact test will be included in Euro NCAP from 2015 and two Hybrid III 5th percentile dummies will be positioned in both the driver seat and the rear seat. For the rear row occupants wearing seatbelts, thoracic injuries from the seatbelt are by far the dominant injury type. For unbelted rear row occupants, the extremities and head are frequently injured by the B pillar, the front seat and other interior components.
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
2015-01-0496
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
2015-01-0618
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
Technical Paper
2015-01-0568
Wenxin Qin, Sandip Datta, Weidong Zhang, Fred Zweng
Simplified 3D Simulation Models to 2D Plane Strain Analytical Models in Automotive Structure Wenxin Qin (Chrysler Group, LLC, USA) Abstract In automotive chassis, body and powertrain finite element numerical analysis, more and more analysts and engineers like to adopt 3D complex FEA models along with improved computer hardware and software. The advantages of 3D FEA model are (1) looked like real model in vision; (2) simulation response is more vivid; (3) easily to discover the mistakes by watching simulation response. The drawbacks of 3D FEA model are (1) more pre/post process works and computation time; (2) numerical divergence is a challenging issue in nonlinear and contact situations and debug becomes difficulty; (3) sometimes accumulated numerical errors will cover the actual response. Therefore, it is necessary to explore what kinds of 3D FEA situations can be successfully converted by the simple 2D plan FEA models.
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
Technical Paper
2015-01-1486
Craig A. Markusic, Ram Songade
Full vehicle crash simulations typically require several days of effort from a highly skilled FE (finite element) analyst to set-up, execute, and analyze. The goal of this project was to create a simplified FE model of a side crash utilizing the same sophisticated software (LS-DYNA) that the FE analysts use along with a custom graphical user interface (GUI) that will allow an inexperienced user to set-up, execute, and analyze a number of side impact scenarios in a matter of hours, not days, and with very little training. The GUI allows the user to easily modify the performance characteristics of the side impact system that are critical to side crash performance including but not limited to intrusion rate, door liner stiffness, side airbag stiffness, side airbag time to fire, etc. The user can then compile and submit the model with a few simple clicks of a button.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1493
Vinay L. Virupaksha, Stuart Brown
Research Council for Automotive Repairs (RCAR) has developed a bumper test at 10.5 km/h to assess the damageability and repairing cost during a low speed collusion. For minimum damage and minimum repairing cost during low speed collusion it is necessary to design a bumper beam which provides structural stiffness and reduced deflection. Often it is challenging to design a front bumper beam to meet all safety requirements including, RCAR, high speed offset barrier and pedestrian protection, since these requirements are not necessarily compatible with each other. Design changes in rails and packaging constraints add to this challenge. In this study, design of six sigma and finite element analysis is used to study the parameters that affect the stiffness and deflection of the front bumper beam.
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.
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
2015-01-0554
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
2015-01-0627
Xiaoguang Yang, Oluremi Olatunbosun, Daniel Garcia-Pozuelo, Emmanuel Bolarinwa
The development of intelligent tyre technology from concept to application covers multi-disciplinary fields. During its development course, computational method has a significant effect on understanding tyre behaviour, assisting design of intelligent tyre prototype system and developing tyre parameters estimation algorithm, etc. In this paper, finite element tyre model was adopted for developing strain-based intelligent tyre system. The finite element tyre model was created considering tyre composite structure and nonlinear material properties, which was also validated by fundamental test. It is used to study tyre strain characteristics by steady state simulation for straight line rolling, traction and braking, and cornering rolling. Tyre loading conditions were estimated by feature extraction and data fitting. This process forms the fundamentals for identifying tyre loadings from strain information on potential sensor locations.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0626
Adam C. Reid, Moustafa El-Gindy, Fredrik Oijer, David Philipps
The purpose of this research paper is to outline the methodology and procedure used for the development of a wide base rigid ring tire model. A rigid ring model is a mechanical representation of a tire model in which its in-plane and out-of-plane characteristics and behaviour can be captured. The FEA construction of the tire model is first completed to match all known information regarding the physical dimensions and material properties of the tire. For information that is unknown, an optimization-based parameter tuning algorithm is then run in order to solve for said parameters while matching any experimental data that is supplied. A series of virtual experiments are then conducted which replicate laboratory tests as well as some high speed maneuvers in order to isolate for specific tire dynamic parameters.
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
2015-01-1154
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
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
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
2015-01-0584
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
Journal Article
2015-01-0595
T. Mathialakan, V. U. Karthik, Paramsothy Jayakumar, Ravi Thyagarajan, S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole
Abstract This paper presents a computational investigation of the validity of eddy current testing (ECT) for defects embedded in steel using parametrically designed defects. Of particular focus is the depths at which defects can be detected through ECT. Building on this we characterize interior defects by parametrically describing them and then examining the response fields through measurement. Thereby we seek to establish the depth and direction of detectable cracks. As a second step, we match measurements from eddy current excitations to computed fields through finite element optimization. This develops further our previously presented methods of defect characterization. Here rough contours of synthesized shapes are avoided by a novel scheme of averaging neighbor heights rather than using complex Bézier curves, constraints and such like. This avoids the jagged shapes corresponding to mathematically correct but unrealistic synthesized shapes in design and nondestructive evaluation.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0708
Catherine M. Amodeo, Jwo Pan
Abstract In this paper, mode I and mode II stress intensity factor solutions for gas metal arc welds in single lap-shear specimens are investigated by the analytical stress intensity factor solutions and by finite element analyses. Finite element analyses were carried out in order to obtain the computational stress intensity factor solutions for both realistic and idealized weld geometries. The computational results indicate that the stress intensity factor solutions for the realistic welds are lower than the analytical solutions for the idealized weld geometry. The computational results can be used for the estimation of fatigue lives in a fatigue crack growth model under mixed mode loading conditions for gas metal arc welds.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-0602
Shin-Jang Sung, Jwo Pan, Mohammed Yusuf Ali, Jagadish Sorab, Cagri Sever
Abstract In this paper, the evolution equation for the active yield surface during the unloading/reloading process based on the pressure-sensitive Drucker-Prager yield function and a recently developed anisotropic hardening rule with a non-associated flow rule is first presented. A user material subroutine based on the anisotropic hardening rule and the constitutive relation was written and implemented into the commercial finite element program ABAQUS. A two-dimensional plane strain finite element analysis of a crankshaft section under fillet rolling was conducted. After the release of the roller, the magnitude of the compressive residual hoop stress for the material with consideration of pressure sensitivity typically for cast irons is smaller than that without consideration of pressure sensitivity.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-1489
Raed E. El-jawahri, Tony R. Laituri, Agnes S. Kim, Stephen W. Rouhana, Para V. Weerappuli
Abstract Transfer or response equations are important as they provide relationships between the responses of different surrogates under matched, or nearly identical loading conditions. In the present study, transfer equations for different body regions were developed via mathematical modeling. Specifically, validated finite element models of the age-dependent Ford human body models (FHBM) and the mid-sized male Hybrid III (HIII50) were used to generate a set of matched cases (i.e., 192 frontal sled impact cases involving different restraints, impact speeds, severities, and FHBM age). For each impact, two restraint systems were evaluated: a standard three-point belt with and without a single-stage inflator airbag. Regression analyses were subsequently performed on the resulting FHBM- and HIII50-based responses. This approach was used to develop transfer equations for seven body regions: the head, neck, chest, pelvis, femur, tibia, and foot.
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