Mold designers and foundrymen spend a lot of time in developing molds without knowing exactly the phenomena which take place inside. Simulor, which has been used in an industrial environment for two years, offers the solution to make foundrymen understand what happens during the filling of the mold and the solidification of the part. Based on navier-stokes and heat transfer equations, simulor provides speed distribution and metal front evolution in the cavity and thermal map in the mold and the part. Some examples with different metals (cast iron, aluminum alloy) cast with various processes (sand or die casting, low pressure or gravity casting) will be given. This new tool will given foundrymen the opportunity to test the mold before having it machined and will also allow reduction in development delays.
In order to improve the design of drawn parts and to reduce the number of trial and error tests, Renault has undertaken the development and the validation of various finite element procedures and codes. This paper describes the function of each software and its level of integration into the design process. One of them is already an operational tool used be planners whilst the others are still in the validation phase. Selected examples show typical applications of the computer programs on automotive parts.
Compression molding of thermoplastic sheets, consolidated or non- consolidated, reinforced with glass fibers (GMT, GRT) is applied as an economic production process in the automotive industry. The aim of this work is to evaluate how the physical and mechanical strength characteristics depend on the presence or absence of ribs and how component performance may be changed by modifying the molding parameters, altering the content and orientation of the reinforcement fibers in the ribbed areas. For this purpose, two statistical designs will be considered, the first carried out on a box type component without ribs, the second on the same component with a set of internal ribs. Two different materials with a PP matrix will be tested, a GMT reinforced with continuous random glass fibers and a 12 mm random glass fibers composite.
In the present paper we will outline the principles, designs, problems and benefits of electrochromic coatings and present our own laboratory results. The effect of electrochromic coatings on the thermal comfort of a parked vehicle is theoretically calculated and the results confronted with the performances of selective coatings.
The windows of a vehicle have to satisfy the following driver and passenger needs concerning visibility and climate perception both related to active safety: transparency, reluctance, dazzling, glare and diffused light (scattering). All functions are related to visibility and so to the optics of glazing, solar control, deicing, defogging, demisting. The task of material science is to find the multifunctional glasses solving simultaneously problems of visibility, safety and comfort. Particular kind of glasses, colored, wired, coated, electrochromic, liquid crystal, photochromic can be already considered solutions which can operate passively or actively. The example of passive solar control and active heatable coated glasses is shown as a possible practical multifunctional glass very soon.
The pending changes in European law enabling the use of plastic lenses on vehicle headlamps provide an opportunity for further advancement of vehicle styling, lighting performance and aerodynamic efficiency. Plastic lenses can also provide a useful weight saving and contribute to energy savings during the lifetime of the vehicle. This paper discusses the current requirements, technologies and solutions for plastic lenses, and indicates the way this advance can impact on the evolution of lighting products.
The paper review some recent efforts, made by the aluminum industry, towards the development of new advanced alloys for aerospace applications; unconventional production technologies and MMC occupy an outstanding position in this context. Raid solidification processes are currently used for obtaining advanced alloys and, among them, the powder metallurgy route is one of the most commonly applied, since it has reached a considerable level of maturity. Experimental results of PM materials are shown and discussed in order to appreciate the potentialities of this class of materials and some recent further progress is shown: the spray deposition approach (osprey process). After having described the main features of the osprey process, some results obtained at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Pisa about the development of high strength Al-alloy and MMC obtained by means of the osprey process are shown.
The replacement with plastic of an important component, formerly in steel, in the timing drive of a heavily duty diesel engine has been studied and realized. The substituted part is the toothed coupling connecting the injection pump to the timing drive. Torque that stresses the coupling has been measured with laboratory tests. The tooth stresses have been calculated with FEM analysis. Finally, fatigue tests have been carried out directly on the engine at different loadings. The test results are consistent with the predicted behavior of this component.
A data bank developed to give a concrete help to the designer concerned with fatigue-prone structures made of composite materials is described. The data bank not only collects the available results of fatigue tests on these materials, but also makes easy their statistical analysis and comparison for design purposes. It is then believed to constitute also an useful research instrument for the development of design rules for well defined classes of composite materials.
The paper summarizes the results of an experimental and numerical study performed on the rear door of a car of large production. It was carried out with a DMC ("dough molding compound") plastic material with short glass fibers. This technology makes strong the link between the production process and the mechanical properties of the component. Such properties really vary according to the fibers orientation, the distance from the injection points and the geometrical complexity of the different regions of the molded component. In some regions the fibers orientation is well defined, in others the orientation can be expressed only in average tendency terms, with a large scatter band. It is natural to think that the material modifies its behavior from region to region, showing marked orthotropic properties or, on the contrary, a compensation isotropic trend.
A wide variety of choices confront the potential user of finite element modeling (FEM) for sheet forming analysis. In the first part of this paper, a brief summary of the basic formulations available and sample references to them are provided. Several kinds of finite element models have been developed for analyzing sheet forming operations at OSU and in the Center for Net Shape Manufacturing. These variations began with in-plane FEM and grew into 3-D versions. In the second part of this paper, some key conclusions from these developments will be summarized. More recently, a section analysis program (SHEET-S) has been prepared and transferred to industry. The capabilities and limitations of SHEET-S will be presented in greater detail, including comparisons with experiments and industrial trials.
An overview of high strength thermoset and thermoplastic composites will provide a basis of comparison with exotic hybrid composites. A specific theoretical application for a very high strength unibody application will be presented and test results evaluated. A critical overview of immediate applications will be presented and evaluated. In conclusion, it will be suggested that a uniform standard of performance be established for the practical application's requirements for these materials
Predictable and unpredictable forces will change the direction of the charge-air systems industry. The driver of diesel engine development will be the stringent emissions regulations of the 1990s. The drivers in the gasoline engine market will be improved fuel economy, performance, durability and emissions. Forces will also influence the charge-air marketplace, including changes in emission standards, national fiscal policies, political issues, fuel prices, alternate fuels and consumer tastes. The world community mandate for engines that are clean, quiet, durable and fuel efficient will be satisfied, increasingly, by first-tier component suppliers developing integrated systems solutions.
Many areas of the world are in various stages of development which frequently includes a rapid increase in the motor vehicle population. As a result, some areas are beginning to show the effect of increased motor vehicle use on air pollution. The vehicle's contribution to California's air pollution has long been recognized and studied, and measures have been implemented to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. The history of light duty vehicle emission control in the South Coast Air Basin of California is reviewed. Emission reductions achieved, current levels, projected future emissions and the need for further emissions reductions from light duty vehicles are discussed. For other areas of the world where motor vehicles contribute to air pollution, suggestions are made which can improve the effectiveness of emission control efforts; which should be consistent with political and economic realities, and efforts to achieve international harmonization of standards.
Statistical energy analysis is generally used to study the vibroacoustic response of systems with high modal densities. The most accurate predictions are obtained at high frequencies where the modal overlap is high and many modes contribute to the response in each frequency band. Under these conditions, the vibrational response is fairly uniformly distributed over frequency and over the spatial extent of the SEA subsystems. Validation of an SEA model at high frequencies can be accomplished by comparing the predictions of average subsystem response with an average formed from measured data at a relatively small number of locations. At lower frequencies, where the modal overlap is not high, the vibrational response shows significant variability over both frequency and location. Large variability makes validation of the models more difficult.
Statistical energy analysis (SEA) has recently emerged as an effective tool for design assessment in the automotive industry. Automotive OEM companies develop vehicle models to aid design of body and chassis systems. The tire and wheel suppliers develop and supply component models to OEM companies in the engineering stage. In the model development process, some information on the vehicle side or component side is necessary for model development and correlation. A suitable termination representation of the vehicle characteristics on the tire/wheel model is required. This termination should account for the dissipation of energy on vehicle body and chassis side, otherwise the component model will overestimate the vibration responses and energy levels. On the vehicle model side, a representative simplified tire/wheel model may be sufficient for full vehicle road noise simulation.