3.10. Case Studies
We present three case studies, all involving FEA for structural analysis. The first case, sizing optimization of roadwheel, aims to minimize volume and constrain deformation of a tracked-vehicle roadwheel by varying its thicknesses. The second case study optimizes the geometric shape of an engine connecting rod using a p-version FEA code. The third case study focuses on optimizing the geometric shape of an engine turbine blade parameterized in Pro/ENGINEER.
3.10.1. Sizing Optimization of Roadwheel
In this case study, we present a sizing optimization for a tracked-vehicle roadwheel, in which thicknesses of shell finite elements are varying for better designs. Function evaluations are carried out using FEA, in which shell elements ...