Finite Element Analysis of FEAD Bracket and Correlation with Test 2010-01-0493
With the increasing demand for light weight engines, the design of FEAD (Front end accessory drive) Brackets has gradually shifted from conservative cast iron design to optimized aluminum design. Hence there is a requirement for a virtual validation procedure that is robust and accurate.
The FEAD brackets for the engine are subjected to periodic vibrations (engine excitations) and random vibrations (Road excitations), the former being the more dominant of the two as road excitations are isolated by the power train mounts. Hence these brackets are susceptible to fatigue failures. The paper describes a virtual validation procedure adopted for FEAD brackets that gives accurate stress prediction and thereby ensures accuracy in predicted fatigue factor of safety for design. The simulated dynamic stresses are later compared with the test results and a good correlation is observed. The testing procedure adopted is a form of accelerated testing designed to map the test life cycle with the real world usage profile.