1985-02-25

Computational Requirements for Powertrain Analytical Simulations 850474

Finite element simulations of powertrain assemblies and components such as an engine block, transmission case, and structural oil pan, are regularly carried out at Ford Motor Company to provide directions for design improvements relevant to durability, minimum weight, noise and vibration characteristics. This paper presents hands-on experience with analyses of two powertrains in terms of computational strategies and resource requirements. The course of future analysis work in the light of current developments in computer technology, is also presented.

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