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Optimal Design of Lightweight Machines Using Flexible Multibody System Dynamics

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Robert Seifried, Alexander Held

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. DETC2012-70972, pp. 45-52; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 1st Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design; 14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4505-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In many machine and robotic applications energy efficiency is an increasingly crucial issue. In order to achieve energy efficiency lightweight structural designs are necessary. However, undesired elastic deformations might occur due to the light wight design. In order to achieve good system performance the actual dynamic loads must be taken into account in the design of the system’s components. In this paper optimization approaches for lightweight machine designs are employed to improve the tracking behavior the systems. Thereby, fully dynamical simulations of flexible multibody systems are coupled with both shape or topology optimization for the elastic members of the multibody system. It is shown, that by these approaches the end-effector trajectory tracking error of light wight manipulators can be decreased significantly.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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