Title: Integration of topology optimisation tools and knowledge management into the virtual Product Development Process of automotive components

Authors: Maurizio Muzzupappa, Loris Barbieri, Fabio Bruno

Addresses: Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita della Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy. ' Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita della Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy. ' Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita della Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy

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.

Keywords: knowledge-based engineering; KBE; integrated design; multibody simulation; topology optimisation; virtual product development; knowledge management; automotive components; automobile industry; CAD; vehicle suspension; product design; conceptual design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.042291

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.14 No.1/2/3/4, pp.14 - 33

Published online: 03 Sep 2011 *

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