This four-hour short course provides an introduction to fluids for aerospace hydraulic systems. Topics covered include an introduction to basics fluid properties, rheology, tribology, and fluid product development. In addition, the history and performance of different classes of fluids are discussed in detail, and specific failure modes such as erosion and sludge formation will be described. Along with an introduction to fluid degradation, information on used oil analysis test methods and interpretation will be provided.
Slot liners are commonly used in electric motors to electrically insulate the motor windings from the laminated core. However, thermal conductivity of materials commonly used as slot liners is very low compared to other components in the motor thus creating a barrier for heat transfer. This thermal barrier affects overall motor performance and efficiency. Also, slot liners typically lack intimate contact with the laminated core resulting in air gaps which further increase thermal resistance in the system. Slot liners are traditionally made from high temperature films/papers that are cut and slid into slots of motors. The proposed work looks at developing an injection moldable slot liner to minimize air gaps. Additionally, use of TECI materials further lowers thermal resistance. A thermal finite element model has been developed to evaluate effects of slot liner thermal properties and air gaps on temperature distribution within the motor.
Performance evaluation of martensitic press-hardened steels by VDA 238-100 three-point bend testing has become commonplace. Significant influences on bending performance exist from both surface considerations related to both decarburization and substrate-coating interaction and base martensitic steel considerations such as structural heterogeneity, i.e., banding, prior austenite grain size, titanium nitride (TiN) dispersion, mobile hydrogen, and the extent of martensite tempering as result auto-tempering upon quenching or paint baking during vehicle manufacturing. Deconvolution of such effects is challenging in practice, but it is increasingly accepted that surface considerations play an outsized role in bending performance. For specified surface conditions, however, the base steel microstructure can greatly influence bending performance and associated crash ductility to meet safety and mass-efficiency targets.
The importance of true fracture strain was initially highlighted in the context of local versus global formability considerations used in material selection among advanced high strength steels (AHSSs) of similar tensile strength. Inspired by the relative studies, a precedent work had compared the discrepant fracture strain results from the digital image correlation (DIC) and the optical measurement techniques. This work further investigated various factors, such as the measurement techniques, the effective strain formula, and the fracture surface morphology, which could affect the true fracture strain measurement and derivation results, and subsequently the calibration of the Generalized Incremental Stress State dependent damage Model (GISSMO) used in crash simulations. In the meantime, explanations and discussions on the possible mechanisms behind these effects were also presented.
A low carbon, lean alloyed chemistry was selected for the development of high strength dual phase (DP) steels with enhanced global and local formability. Optimized best process conditions including clean steel practices, choice of suitable casting powder, hot rolling and continuous anneal set points resulted in excellent mechanical properties and formability characteristics of DP steels. The enhanced balance of strength and formability is attributed to the optimization of the microstructure through refinement, uniformity and balancing microconstituents mechanical response and guaranteeing outstanding internal cleanliness. In this contribution, production strategy and formability characterization of DP steels with tensile strengths of 780 MPa and above relevant to automotive body structure applications will be discussed.
The compression fatigue behavior of sheet metal trimming die is studied. The trim dies were manufactured or reconditions through different fabrication processes and heat treatment conditions. An accelerated lab testing method is developed to evaluate die damage resistance under compressive cyclic load applied at the tool edge, analogous to sheet metal trimming die operation. The metal removal volume at the sheared edges were measured by image processing to quantify the degree of fatigue damage as a function of loading cycle number. The fatigue microstructural damage were examined with optical and scanning electron microscopies. The simulated die performances are compared among different die processing routes. A phenomenological trim die damage rate model in Paris law form was obtained and tuned with experimental data for tool life prediction.
Padded self-piercing riveting (P-SPR) is a newly developed multi-material joining technology to enable less ductile materials to be joined by self-piercing riveting (SPR) without cracking. A deformable and disposable pad was employed to reduce the stress distribution on the bottom surface by supporting the whole bottom sheet continuously during rivet setting process. To verify the P-SPR process, 2.0mm thick 6061-T6 wrought aluminum was joined with 3.2mm thick coated AM60B magnesium high pressure die casting (HPDC) by using 1.0mm thick dual-phase 600 (DP600) steel as the pad. Regular SPR processes with 2 different die geometries were studied as a comparison. Compared to the regular SPR processes, P-SPR demonstrated advantages on coating protection, crack mitigation and joint strength.
Nowadays simulation of the fatigue life is an essential part of the development of components in the automotive and machinery industry. Weak points can be identified fast and reliable with respect to stiffness, strength and lightweight. A pure virtual optimization of the design can be performed without the need of prototypes. Only for the production release a final test is necessary. A lot of parameters influence the fatigue life as the local stress, material, surface roughness, size of the component, temperature etc. Notches have the strongest impact on fatigue life, depending on radius and shape. Stresses at the notch base are increased because the load flow is forced through a reduced cross section, or changes its direction around an inwardly curved edge. But notches cause not only an increase of the local stress. Also, the local fatigue strength is increased because of a support effect from the neighboring areas, where the stress is already reduced.