Performance Improvement and Lightweight of Engine Hood Structure


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Engine Hood is an important part of a whole auto body panels, Structural stiffness and vibration modal always are considered while designing. After structure analysis of original engine hood, some defects were found. Based on the theories of topology optimization , topography optimization and size optimization, some constraints for the displacement, the modal, the volumetric fraction were set up, firstly, minimum strain energy was set up for the optimization objective; secondly, the minimum mass was set up for the objective. After computation, an optimized shape and material distribution for the structure was shown. Then, the structure was redesigned, and then it was computed with method of size optimization. The results of recomputation showed that the engine hood structure capability was superior to the original and the new hood weight was also reduced.



Edited by:

Mohamed Othman




C. D. Wan, "Performance Improvement and Lightweight of Engine Hood Structure", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 229-231, pp. 336-339, 2012

Online since:

November 2012





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