This paper presents an extension of our previous work on decomposition-based assembly synthesis for structural stiffness, where the three-dimensional finite element model of a vehicle body-in-white (BIW) is optimally decomposed into a set of components considering (1) stiffness of the assembled structure under given loading conditions, (2) manufacturability, and (3) assembleability of components. Two case studies, each focusing on the decomposition of a different portion of a BIW, are discussed. In the first case study, the side frame is decomposed for the minimum distortion of front door frame geometry under global bending. In the second case study, the side/floor frame and floor panels are decomposed for the minimum floor deflections under global bending. In each case study, multiobjective genetic algorithm with graph-based crossover, combined with finite element methods analyses, is used to obtain Pareto optimal solutions. Representative designs are selected from the Pareto front and trade-offs among stiffness, manufacturability, and assembleability are discussed.
Decomposition-Based Assembly Synthesis of a Three-Dimensional Body-in-White Model for Structural Stiffness
Contributed by the Design Automation Committee for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received July, 2003; revised March, 2004. Associate Editor: K. K. Choi.
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Lyu, N., and Saitou, K. (March 2, 2005). "Decomposition-Based Assembly Synthesis of a Three-Dimensional Body-in-White Model for Structural Stiffness ." ASME. J. Mech. Des. January 2005; 127(1): 34–48. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1799551
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