Parameter Design Based FEA Correlation Studies on Automotive Seat Structures 2008-01-0241
In recent years, the design of automotive components and assemblies have resulted in an over-reliance on advanced CAE tools especially the Finite Element Analysis. An emphasis on cost reduction and commonization of components in automotive industry has made it necessary to use the CAE tools in innovative ways. Use of FEA as a effective product development tool can be greatly enhanced if it provides a high degree of correlation with physical tests, thereby greatly limiting the investment in expensive prototypes and testing. This paper will discuss a robustness based methodology to realize effective correlation of finite element models with actual physical tests on automotive seat structure assembly, at a component, sub-system, and systems level. Based on a parameter design approach, the various factors that affect the degree of correlation between CAE models and physical tests will be described. The application of this methodology in developing cost effective automotive seat structures will be discussed and recommendations for future study will be made.