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See detailTopology optimization of mechanical components fabricated by additive manufacturing for a Shell Eco Marathon vehicle
Alarcon Soto, Pablo ULiege; Collet, Maxime ULiege; Bauduin, Simon ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June 07)

Since 2004, a team of students and researchers of University of Liege takes part to the Shell Eco Marathon race with a lightweight electric vehicle. The goal of this pedagogical project is to design ... [more ▼]

Since 2004, a team of students and researchers of University of Liege takes part to the Shell Eco Marathon race with a lightweight electric vehicle. The goal of this pedagogical project is to design, fabricate and operate a vehicle exhibiting the least energy consumption. A key factor to reduce the energy consumption is to minimize the vehicle mass. Besides the body structure made of CRFP, engineers have also to focus on the weight reduction of any mechanical parts of the powertrain, transmission and of rolling gear. The combination of topology optimization with additive manufacturing techniques allows to propose innovative designs exhibiting a high performance to weight ratio. Topology optimized designs are often characterized by a high geometrical complexity that is not possible to manufacture without 3D printing. This work presents the CAE design methodology that was developed to combine topology and shape optimization with 3d printing manufacturing. Novel developments both in shape and topology optimization have also been realized for the specific character of these components. The design methodology is illustrated with several applications of components of our new Eco Marathon prototype. They include a support for electric traction motors and different torque arms of the steering mechanism to be implemented in the new 2017 vehicle. The presentation is going to show the different design steps from the specifications and the formulation of the design problem to the 3D-printing of the parts: the topology optimization, interpretation and CAD reconstruction, shape optimization and detailed finite element verification of the solution. The optimization is performed thanks to the commercial software NX-TOPOL and the final CAD design is reconstructed in the CATIA environment software after a smoothing procedure in the NX-CAD environment. We show that the final design can be 3D-printed and a comparison with a design produced using traditional design approach is provided. [less ▲]

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