Vector Load Simplified Duty Cycle for Lower Control Arm 2020-01-1058
Multi-axial loaded parts like lower control arms are routinely tested in the laboratory for durability verification. But the full anticipated complex road load data is not normally applied because it would be too expensive and complex to test all parts this way. Instead, a simplified loading condition is used. Ideally, this will be as simple as a single sine wave loading applied to one loading point and in one direction. The specification of which hard point to use, which loading direction, and which frequency and load magnitude, requires very good engineering judgement and a high degree of experience. Even then, it is unlikely that the optimum solution will be obtained and the risk of creating a non-representative test is high. Recently, a new FEA technique has been developed which simultaneously derives both an optimum loading profile (surrogate load) and loading direction (vector direction) from full Proving Ground [PG] real loading conditions. This paper will present the technique that was developed in collaboration with CAEfatigue Ltd. and shows results for a realistic LCA example. The model used is only statically responsive but the approach outlined is valid for both static and dynamically responsive models.