Robustness study of a hat profile beam made of boron steel subjected to three point bending
by Sandeep Shetty; Larsgunnar Nilsson
International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing (IJVSMT), Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016

Abstract: It is essential to account for variations in the manufacturing process and in loading conditions when improving the robustness and reliability of a products design. A finite element study of the robustness of a hat profile beam made from boron steel subjected to a three point bending load is presented, and an approach to incorporate the variations investigated is demonstrated. Fracture risk factors and the maximum deflection of the beam are the measured responses. Spatial variation of the sheet thickness is considered in the forming simulations, along with other input variations. Stress-strain relations from tensile tests have been used in the robustness analyses to represent the variation in material properties. Furthermore, validations of four metamodels have been performed. Both the responses measured were found to be sensitive to input variations. Separate metamodels were created for each risk prone zone in order to improve the performance of the metamodels for risk factor responses.

Online publication date: Fri, 09-Dec-2016

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