Shape Optimization for Improving Fatigue Life of a Lower Control Arm Using the Experimental Design

실험계획법을 적용한 Lower Control Arm의 피로수명 형상 최적설계

  • 김민수 (현대자동차(주)) ;
  • 이창욱 (현대자동차(주)) ;
  • 손성효 (국민대학교 자동차공학 전문대학원) ;
  • 임홍재 (국민대학교 자동차공학 전문대학원) ;
  • 허승진 (국민대학교 자동차공학 전문대학원)
  • Published : 2003.05.01


In order to improve the fatigue lift of a lower control arm in the vehicle suspension, a new shape optimization procedure is presented. In this approach, the shape control point concept is introduced to reduce the numbers of shape design variables. Also, the two-level orthogonal way is employed to evaluate the design sensitivity of fatigue life with respect to those shape design variables, because the analytical design sensitivity information is not directly supplied from the commercial CAE softwares. In this approach, only the six design variables are used to approximate the shape of lower control arm. Then, performed are only 10 fatigue life analyses including the baseline design, 8 DOE models and the final design. The final design, the best combination obtained from the sensitivity information, can maximize the fatigue lift nearly two times as that of the baseline design, while reducing the 12 percentage of weight than it.


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