Integration of topology optimisation tools and knowledge management into the virtual Product Development Process of automotive components
Source: International Journal of Product Development, Volume 14, Numbers 1-2, September 2011 , pp. 14-33(20)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:This paper presents a methodology in which CAD, a multi‐body simulator and a Topological Optimisation (TO) tool are synergically employed to support the design of a suspension component. In particular, the methodology defines some guidelines and introduces two knowledge‐based interfaces able to facilitate the integration of TO of the component within a standard design process. To illustrate this capability, the process is applied to the conceptual design of the Upright for a Formula SAE prototype. The results show that the integrated design approach can efficiently support the selection of the optimum conceptual design of a mechanical component with complex dynamic behaviour, in particular when very little previous experience on the system is available.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2011