Simulation Methods for Door Module Design 2005-01-0883
With the automotive industry moving towards higher durability targets, reduced product development cycle time, and lower design costs, the need for simulation has never been higher. This paper explains the use of simulation techniques in the design and development of door module. A step-by-step approach to simulate a door slam event is proposed. Fatigue life estimation using simulation results is also discussed. Finally, simulation benefits are illustrated with a simulation-test case study completed at ArvinMeritor that resulted in a fatigue life improvement of more than 50%.
The scope of this paper is limited to simulation methods for door slam. Test methods to collect data for door slam simulation are not discussed.