Refine Your Search

Topic

Author

Affiliation

Search Results

Technical Paper

An Integrated Design and Appraisal System for Vehicle Interior Packaging

2007-04-16
2007-01-0459
Static seating bucks have long been used as the only means to subjectively appraise the vehicle interior packages in the vehicle development process. The appraisal results have traditionally been communicated back to the requesting engineers either orally or in a written format. Any design changes have to be made separately after the appraisal is completed. Further, static seating bucks lack the flexibility to accommodate design iterations during the evolution of a vehicle program. The challenge has always been on how to build a seating buck quickly enough to support the changing needs of vehicle programs, especially in the early vehicle development phases. There is always a disconnect between what the seating buck represents and what is in the latest design (CAD), since it takes weeks or months to build a seating buck and by the time it is built the design has already been evolved. There is also no direct feedback from seating buck appraisal to the design in CAD.
Technical Paper

Transient Dynamic Analysis of Suspension System for Component Fatigue Life Estimation

2007-04-16
2007-01-0638
For suspension systems, fatigue and strength simulations are accomplished mostly at the component level. However, the selection of loading conditions and replication of boundary conditions at the component level may be difficult. A system level simulation eliminates most of the discrepancy between component level and vehicle level environment yielding realistic results. Further advantage of system level simulation is that the boundary conditions are limited to suspension mounting points at body or frame and the loading is limited to wheel-end or tire patch loading. This provides for a robust set of boundary constraints that are known and repeatable, and loads that are simpler and of relatively higher accuracy. Here, the nonlinear transient dynamic behavior of a suspension system along with its frame and mounting was simulated using a multibody finite element analysis (FEA).
Technical Paper

Eliminating Drum Brake Squeal by a Damped Iron Drum Assembly

2007-04-16
2007-01-0592
Control of drum brake squeal is difficult to accomplish. After many trials guided by CAE and previous experience, for a passenger car it was felt that changing the metallurgical characteristics of the drum would lead to improved noise performance. The chemistry of the drum casting material was altered. The carbon equivalent was modified by increasing carbon and silicon content of the castings as well as changing the other materials. The integral hub and drum assembly was tested on two different dynamometers. The results were also verified by finite element complex eigenvalue analysis. Finally the solution was validated through vehicle level testing - Los Angeles City Traffic (LACT). For the structural consideration rotary fatigue was evaluated by CAE comparison followed by test rig confirmation. The higher carbon equivalent material drums successfully eliminated the annoying squeal in customer vehicles.
Technical Paper

Effect of Materials Stack-ups on Fatigue Performance of DP780 and Aluminized Coated Boron Steel GMAW Lap Joint

2007-04-16
2007-01-0634
In this study, fatigue performance of Gas Metal Arc Welded (GMAW) joint for 1.5 mm uncoated DP780 and 1.0 mm and aluminized coated boron (or USIBOR) steel was investigated. Metallurgical properties of DP780 to coated boron steel dissimilar steel lap joints were evaluated using optical microscopy. Microhardness traverse, static and fatigue tests were conducted on these joints. Finite element analysis (FEA) was used to identify the stress distribution of the weld joints with different stack-ups and at same loading conditions. It was found that position of the material (top or bottom in lap joint configuration) had a significant impact on fatigue performance of the dissimilar joint. The amount of heat introduced by welding to coated boron steel is also believed to be important to the fatigue performance of the dissimilar joints. The findings in this study can be used when aluminized boron steel is involved in dissimilar steel and dissimilar thickness GMAW lap joint design.
Technical Paper

Modeling, Validation and Dynamic Analysis of Diesel Pushrod Overhead Bridged Valve Train

2007-04-16
2007-01-1256
A bridged valve train configuration exhibits complex dynamic behavior due to the uniqueness of the special elephant foot/bridge/valve structure. Consequently, this system arrangement presents significant design challenges in system stability at high speed, high load, wear, no-follow and valve seating velocity, etc. An efficient way to gain a thorough understanding of the behavior of this type of valve train system and to drive the valve train design improvement is through the use of an effective dynamic simulation tool. In this paper, an advanced CAE tool developed by Ford Motor Company for the bridged type valve train simulations has been described. This automated CAE tool provides a complete virtual ADAMS-based simulation environment for the pushrod bridged valve train system analysis. This paper also presents the correlation and validation between the simulations and the measurements. The design analysis for the bridged valve train has been discussed briefly in this paper.
Technical Paper

Design of Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems Using Heat Load Analysis

2007-04-16
2007-01-1196
The objective of this paper is to describe a Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) model and its applications for A/C system development at early design stages. This CAE tool calculates the heat load of the vehicle passenger compartment with considerations of solar radiation, conductive/convective heat transfer through the body shell, and any passengers present in the vehicle. A data bank of 6 glass types, 9 surface finishes and 15 material properties are available to increase simulation flexibility. This heat load model can be used as a stand alone tool to calculate the steady-state thermal load of the passenger compartment under users' pre-defined conditions. When interfaced with an A/C refrigerant subsystem model, this integrated CAE tool is capable of evaluating the impacts on A/C system performance when body structures and/or operating conditions are changed.
Technical Paper

Driver Airbag Linear Impactor Dynamic Testing Method and Data Analysis

2006-04-03
2006-01-1436
A sub-system test method for driver air bags has been established to quantify their dynamic restraint capability. The sub-system includes a driver airbag module as well as a steering wheel with rim supported. The test is called Driver Air Bag Linear Impactor Test – Dynamic (DABLIT-D). This test method can be used for not only A to B comparisons, but also for evaluating the performance of any DAB module design in general. A variety of impactor, pendulum and drop tower test methods are currently used at suppliers. DABLIT-D is aimed to standardize airbag testing. A DOE test series was done to determine the best test parameters. Production and prototype hardware were tested to investigate the characteristics of the sub-assemblies that provide restraint capability. A modification of the Weibull function was used to characterize the resultant data.
Technical Paper

A Nonlinear Transient CAE Method for Vehicle Shift Quality Prediction

2006-04-03
2006-01-1640
Automatic transmission gear changes are transient disturbances in a non-linear system, during which the effective ratio of the transmission is continually changing. In addition, vehicle characteristics can very strongly influence customer perception of the shift event. Further, the interface elements between the vehicle and powertrain are often crucial in determining the quality of shift feel. This paper presents a validated CAE method that employs the ADAMS software to predict the intricate dynamics of the vehicle response due to transmission shift events. First principles of the transmission modeling elements are described. Model simulation results are compared to vehicle test data. A method to quantify the customer's perception of vehicle shift quality is discussed. Model simulation results for a FWD vehicle application are also analyzed.
Technical Paper

Modal and Impact Simulations of a Tire in Time Domain

2006-04-03
2006-01-1626
Tires are a key factor determining vehicle NVH performance. Tire models are usually reduced to linear modal models in the frequency domain even though the tire behaves nonlinearly in vibration and impact performance. Improving the CAE capability of vehicle NVH prediction requires an appropriately representative tire model and finite element analysis program capable of non-linear transient analysis. In this paper a detailed tire model of solid elements has been developed. Using an explicit integration finite element program, the nonlinear effects in tire modal extractions were studied. The finite element model tire was inflated and preloaded against a flat platform with applied impulse loads to simulate the laboratory tire hammer impact tests. The tire modes in each direction were then extracted with fast Fourier transformation to compare with traditional finite element method generated modes and vehicle NVH test data.
Technical Paper

A Comparison of the Effect of E85 vs. Gasoline on Exhaust System Surface Temperatures

2007-04-16
2007-01-1392
With concerns over increasing worldwide demand for gasoline and greenhouse gases, many automotive companies are increasing their product lineup of vehicles to include flex-fuel vehicles that are capable of operating on fuel blends ranging from 100% gasoline up to a blend of 15% gasoline/85% ethanol (E85). For the purpose of this paper, data was obtained that will enable an evaluation relating to the effect the use of E85 fuel has on exhaust system surface temperatures compared to that of regular unleaded gasoline while the vehicle undergoes a typical drive cycle. Three vehicles from three different automotive manufacturers were tested. The surface of the exhaust systems was instrumented with thermocouples at specific locations to monitor temperatures from the manifold to the catalytic converter outlet. The exhaust system surface temperatures were recorded during an operation cycle that included steady vehicle speed operation; cold start and idle and wide open throttle conditions.
Technical Paper

LS-DYNA Based Optimization to Satisfy FMVSS 207/210

2007-04-16
2007-01-1541
FMVSS 207/210 relates to seat system forward longitudinal strength and is one of the most important safety requirements for seats. Seat performance to satisfy FMVSS 207/210 can be simulated using LS-DYNA FEA code. When developing a seat design there is often a need to optimize the design to satisfy requirements/meet targets and to minimize weight. However LS-DYNA does not have optimization capabilities. This paper shows how the response surface based optimization can be used to meet FMVSS 207/210 requirements and reduce weight. A number of DOE runs are performed with different combinations of upper/lower/baseline gages. Data are collected for the maximum Von Misses stress and maximum effective plastic strain in each of the major seat parts along with the total weight of the seat. Based on the collected data the response surfaces are generated using Gaussian Stochastic Kriging method.
Technical Paper

Pickup Box Floor Assembly - Design Sensitivity Studies

2007-04-16
2007-01-1723
Impact strength of pickup box floor panels is determined using a test called “The Drum Drop Test”. This drum drop test is one of the key verification requirements in the design of the pickup box floor panels. Non-linear CAE analysis is done in order to assess the performance of the pickup box design for this requirement. In this paper, a sensitivity study of various parameters that affect the performance of the pickup box floor panels is presented. Critical parameters are identified which would drive the design of the floor panels. This paper also highlights the weight reduction opportunity by using high strength steels for the design of floor panels.
Technical Paper

Die Wear Severity Diagram and Simulation

2007-04-16
2007-01-1694
Die wear is a significant issue in sheet metal forming particularly for stamping Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) because of their higher strength and microstructure composition. Reliable predictions of the magnitude and distribution of die wear are essential if cost-effective wear-protection strategies are desired in the early stages of tooling development. A die Wear Severity Index (WSI) is introduced in this paper to quantify the magnitude of die wear, which in essence characterizes the frictional energy dissipation per unit area on the die surface throughout the entire forming cycle. It can be readily obtained as part of any finite element simulation of stamping process utilizing incremental solution techniques.
Technical Paper

Rating Potential Surface Distortions during Early Surface Development of a Vehicle Using FEA Simulation

2007-04-16
2007-01-1684
In this period of hyper competition, time to market is a key success component. All development cycles are being compressed and the surface development process is no exception. Therefore, it has become crucial to predict and rank the myriad of potential surface distortions that can occur on a complex Class-1 surface. The paper presents an approach in the context of Ford's new Global Development System. The authors compare the merit of several FEA based solutions; discuss their capabilities to identify the defect.
Technical Paper

A Multi-Objective Optimization and Robustness Assessment Framework for Passenger Airbag Shape Design

2007-04-16
2007-01-1505
A passenger airbag is an important part of a vehicle restraint system which provides supplemental protection to an occupant in a crash event. New Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 208 requires considering multiple crash scenarios at different speeds with various sizes of occupants both belted and unbelted. The increased complexity of the new requirements makes the selection of an optimal airbag shape a new challenge. The aim of this research is to present an automated optimization framework to facilitate the airbag shape design process by integrating advanced tools and technologies, including system integration, numerical optimization, robust assessment, and occupant simulation. A real-world frontal impact application is used to demonstrate the methodology.
Technical Paper

Laboratory Studies and Mathematical Modeling of Urea SCR Catalyst Performance

2007-04-16
2007-01-1573
This paper presents the development of an analytical model that complements laboratory based experiments to provide a tool for Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) applications. The model calibration is based on measured data from NOx reduction performance tests as well as ammonia (NH3) adsorption/desorption tests over select SCR catalyst formulations in a laboratory flow reactor. Only base metal/zeolite SCR samples were evaluated. Limited validations are presented that show the model agrees well with vehicle data from Environmental Protection Agency Federal Test Procedure (EPA FTP) emission assessments. The model includes energy and mass balances, several different NH3 reactions with NOx, NH3 adsorption and desorption algorithms, and NH3 oxidation.
Technical Paper

A CAE Methodology to Simulate Testing a Rearward Facing Infant Seat during FMVSS 208 Low Risk Deployment

2007-04-16
2007-01-1770
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or FMVSS 208 requires passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, trucks with less than unloaded vehicle weight of 2,495 kg either to have an automatic suppression feature or to pass the injury criteria specified under low risk deployment test requirement for a 1 year old dummy in rearward and forward facing restraints as well as a forward facing 3 and 6 year old dummy. A convertible child seat was installed in a sub-system test buck representing a passenger car environment with a one-year- old dummy in it at the passenger side seat and a passenger side airbag was deployed toward the convertible child seat. A MADYMO model was built to represent the test scenario and the model was correlated and validated to the results from the experiment.
Technical Paper

Analytical Study for Transient Driveline Clunk Response Subject to Step Torque Input by a Mass Release System

2007-05-15
2007-01-2244
A series of laboratory driveline clunk experiment was conducted by using an overhung torsion bar and electromagnet to create a sudden change in torque loading in the driveline system. The change of the torque loading was designed to force the driveline to go through the gear lashes inside the rear axle and result in clunk phenomenon. The study was investigated by using a simulation code developed in Matlab and ADAMS CAE. The analytical study enabled parametric investigation of component contribution to various time responses exhibited in the experiment. The results also revealed intricate interaction between the friction properties and the driveline torsional dynamics which were observed in the experiment.
Technical Paper

Predicting Variation in the NVH Characteristics of an Automatic Transmission using a Detailed Parametric Modelling Approach

2007-05-15
2007-01-2234
Generally within engineering design, the current emphasis is on biasing the development process towards increased virtual prototyping and reduced “real” prototyping. Therefore there is a requirement for more CAE based automated optimisation, Design of Experiments and Design for Six Sigma. The main requirements for these processes are that the model being analysed is parametric and that the solution time is short. Prediction of gear whine behaviour in automatic transmissions is a particularly complex problem where the conventional FEA approach precludes the rapid assessment of “what if?” scenarios due to the slow model building and solution times. This paper will present an alternative approach, which is a fully parametric functionality-based model, including the effects of and interactions between all components in the transmission. In particular the time-varying load sharing and misalignment in the planetary gears will be analysed in detail.
Technical Paper

A Topographically Structural Optimization Methodology for Improving Noise Radiation in Transaxles

2007-05-15
2007-01-2287
In this paper, a new technology for the design of silent transaxles is developed, where topography optimization is adopted and an artificial parameter called β is proposed as an objective function, representing an upper bound of the surface velocity. The strategy of the optimization is to minimize β while getting the surface velocities less than β. as the constraints. A numerical example of reducing transaxle's radiated noise by using the new optimization technology is given in the paper. In the example, an entire Ford transaxle system was modeled numerically, where most internal components were included. First a modal frequency velocity analysis was conducted. Then an acoustic power analysis based on the Acoustic Transfer Vector (ATV) was carried out. Finally, a topography optimization based on the β - method for the transaxle was performed to minimize the radiated noise.
X