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Developments and Applications of Structural Optimization and Robustness Methods in Vehicle Impacts

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R. J. Yang, L. Gu, C. Soto, G. Li, T. Tyan

Ford Motor Company

Paper No. IMECE2004-61977, pp. 81-90; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Transportation: Transportation and Environment
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Transportation
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4722-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Finite element based full vehicle structural crash simulation is an analysis tool commonly used in automotive industry to evaluate vehicle impact performance. As the simulations are computation intensive, special optimization methods and processes are often required. This paper presents recent developments and applications of structural safety optimization and robustness methods for vehicle crashworthiness. It addresses advanced methods in gauge, size, shape, topology optimization, and robust, reliability-based design optimization methods. Recent applications in vehicle safety design are presented and discussed.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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