Integration of topology optimisation tools and knowledge management into the virtual Product Development Process of automotive components
by Maurizio Muzzupappa, Loris Barbieri, Fabio Bruno
International Journal of Product Development (IJPD), Vol. 14, No. 1/2/3/4, 2011

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.

Online publication date: Fri, 27-Feb-2015

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