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Discerning the Results of Topology Optimization to Realize Mass Reduction for Steering Knuckle Arm

Author(s):

Pranjal Ramesh Kelkar , Alard College of engineering & management, Pune, India; Prof. V. R. Bajaj, Alard College of engineering & management, Pune, India; Swapnil S. Kulkarni, Able Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Pune

Keywords:

Steering knuckle, Weight reduction, Topology Optimization

Abstract

The work is done to change geometry for the Steering Knuckle Arm in an attempt to reduce the weight of the component. While doing so, the mass is removed from the specific regions of the part which do not contribute to the stresses acting on the component. This is observed in the contour plot for stress over the Finite Element Model. This is further analyzed using Topology Optimization which expedited the areas which are the non-contributing regions through 3D mass densities pertaining to the stress. The modified geometry created which is feasible for manufacturing. The experimentation for the component is done to validate the alternative geometry in terms of its performance relating to its stiffness. The response for stiffness is aimed to be maintained during the transition from the benchmark geometry to the new geometry. The precise geometry addressing the functional need of the component shall be expedited to stay compatible for the manufacturing process. The work is concluded with the recommendation for the new design with a reduced mass of the material.

Other Details

Paper ID: IJSRDV4I80083
Published in: Volume : 4, Issue : 8
Publication Date: 01/11/2016
Page(s): 91-94

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