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The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Structure Architecture Synthesis

This paper describes the design, synthesis-analysis and development of the unique vehicle structure architecture for the fifth generation Chevrolet Corvette, ‘C5’, which starts in the 1997 model year. The innovative structural layout of the ‘C5’ enables torsional rigidity in an open roof vehicle which exceeds that of all current production open roof vehicles by a wide margin. The first structural mode of the ‘C5’ in open roof configuration approaches typical values measured in similar size fixed roof vehicles. Extensive use of CAE and a systems methodology of benchmarking and requirements rolldown were employed to develop the ‘C5’ vehicle architecture. Simple computer models coupled with numerical optimization were used early in the design process to evaluate every design concept and alternative iteration for mass and structural efficiency.
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FASTAR: A Faster Analysis of Structures Using Test and Analytical Results

FASTAR is an interactive graphics post processor to MSC NASTRAN created to do modal animation, structural modifications, frequency response and sensitivity analysis using either analytical results obtained from solutions 63, 67 or 71 of MSC NASTRAN or modal data obtained from experimental measurements. In addition, complex modes may be computed in FASTAR using the modal viscous damping matrix from solution 71 of NASTRAN and a state space formulation. Further viscous damping modifications may be made to the structure with the possibility of creating critically damped modes. For each complex mode, FASTAR identifies the amount of damping present. Correlation of analytical and experimental modal data may be made visually using a split screen display. In addition, a modal assurance criterion (i. e. MAC) may be computed for each pair of analytical and experimental modes by finding nodal coordinate matches and ignoring rotational degrees of freedom.