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The optimisation process of an energy absorbing frontal underrun protection device
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Solid Mechanics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Solid Mechanics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Vehicle Design, ISSN 0143-3369, E-ISSN 1741-5314, Vol. 46, no 3, 271-293 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the methodology used during the development of an energy absorbing Frontal Underrun Protection device (eaFUP). The aim of this study is to show how different optimisation methods can be used at different stages during the design process. It also shows one approach to derive an optimal design taking several different design alternatives into account, each of which consists of several different materials. The outcome of the optimisation process is three different designs of the eaFUP.

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2008. Vol. 46, no 3, 271-293 p.
Keyword [en]
Design process, FEM, Finite element method, Frontal underrun protection, FUP, Optimisation, Response surface methodology, RSM
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Natural Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46033DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2008.019087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46033DiVA: diva2:266929
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13
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1. Structural optimization in vehicle crashworthiness design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Structural optimization in vehicle crashworthiness design
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis concerns the optimization of structures subjected to impact loading. Major applications can be found in the crashworthiness design of vehicles. There is an industrial interest in using optimization methods in the crashworthiness design process. However, strongly nonlinear responses, including high frequency components, make the Finite Element (FE) simulations computationally demanding. This fact restricts the number of possible optimization methods that can be applied.

In this work two optimization methods have been investigated: Response Surface Methodology (RSM) and Kriging. In both these methods the number of functional evaluations, i.e. here FE simulations, depends at least linearly on the number of design parameters. Thus, the number of design parameters is limited due to the computational effort. One objective of this work has been to reduce the total computational cost of the optimization process, or alternatively the possibility to use more design parameters at the same computational cost. When using RSM and Kriging, the number of functional evaluations in each iteration can be reduced, and/or the convergence of the optimization process can be improved. In many applications, RSM has been used with linear approximating response surfaces for robustness and efficiency reasons. Linear RSM may suffer from iterative oscillations, since the optimal design is often found on the boundary of the feasible design region. This oscillatory behaviour can be reduced if Kriging is used for the approximating response surfaces. However, it has been found that Kriging may have problems in fulfilling the constraints. In the initial design process of a structure very many alternative designs exist. At these early stages topology optimization is a mean of finding a structure that is optimal for the objective at hand. In this work a topology optimization approach is proposed for the design of crashworthiness structures. The resulting structure must still be subjected to an interpretation by engineers and also be improved by further optimization.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2005. 26 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 940
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-31403 (URN)17174 (Local ID)91-85297-78-X (ISBN)17174 (Archive number)17174 (OAI)
Public defence
2005-05-20, C3, C-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2012-12-07Bibliographically approved

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