Design Optimization of the Pillar Joint Structures Using Equivalent Beam Modeling Technique 971544
Low frequency vibration characteristics of a vehicle are mainly influenced by the stiffnesses of the beam type structures such as pillars and rockers, and by the stiffnesses of the joint structures, at which several beam structures are jointed together. In the early design stage of the car body structure a simple FE model has been used, in which joints are modeled as linear springs to represent the stiffnesses of the joint structures. In this paper a new modeling technique for the joint structure is presented using an equivalent beam, instead of using a spring. The modeling technique proposed is utilized to design optimal joint structures that meet the required vibration performance of the total vehicle structure.