Structural Optimization for Engine Mount Bracket 2007-01-2419
Design of powertrain mounting bracket is always challenging in achieving good NVH characteristics, sound durability and simultaneously reduced weight. Structural optimization is an effective tool to obtain an optimum design. Depending on the design status, different schemes, i.e. size, topology and shape optimization, are applied. In this paper, a case study of application of structural optimization in the design of a mount bracket has been presented. Firstly, both test and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) results expose problems of the initial design. Therefore, it is necessary to redesign the bracket. With sufficient design freedom and time in topology optimization, design space and optimization parameters are defined. Die direction and other manufacturability considerations for the casting components are vital. Shape optimization is then conducted to further decrease the weight and refine local weakness. Compared with original design of mount bracket, the mass on the final design is reduced by 12%; the structural rigidity and strength are improved by about 50%.