Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-01-0983

Advanced Simulation Technology Using LS-DYNA ® for Automotive Body Manufacturing Process: From Stamping To Assembly 2009-01-0983

In automotive body manufacturing, there are two processes are often applied, Nominal Build and Functional Build. The Nominal Build process requires all individual stamping components meet their nominal dimensions with specified tolerances. While, the Functional Build process emphasizes more on the tolerances of the entire assembly as opposed to those of the individual stamped parts. The common goal of both processes is to build the body assemblies that meet the specified tolerances. Although there is strict tolerance specified for individual stamping parts the finished stampings frequently are released to assembly process with certain levels of dimensioning deviations, or they are within the specified tolerances but require heavy clamping during assembly. It is of high interest to predict the dimensional deviations in the stamping sub-assembly or body-in-white assembly process. In this paper simulation of the entire assembly process is explored in details using LS-DYNA® and its application in the manufacturing process is discussed.


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