Structural Optimization of Automotive Components Applied to Durability Problems 2003-01-3547
The application of structural optimization methodology in the preliminary design phases allows to combine several component attributes and to obtain the optimal design configuration to satisfy the project requirements. Basic concepts of structural optimization and design for automotive durability are presented in order describe the general aspects of the methodology. Case studies applying structural optimization of components for automotive application are presented and discussed. The optimization criteria are defined in terms of size optimization: component thickness (sheet metal components) are calculated in order to use a minimal amount of material and to provide maximum durability.