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Reduced-Order Modelling of Multibody Contact Problems: A Novel Semi-Analytic Method

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Niccolò Cappellini, Bart Blockmans, Jakob Fiszer, Francesco Cosco, Wim Desmet

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Tommaso Tamarozzi

Siemens Industry Software N.V., Leuven, Belgium

Paper No. DETC2017-67948, pp. V006T10A028; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 13th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5820-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In this paper we present a novel method to efficiently solve gear contact simulations in a flexible multi-body environment. Semi-analytical contact approaches have been recently used in Finite Element (FE) simulations for describing the displacement field in the contact zone and eliminating the need for highly refined FE meshes. In the proposed method, we integrate a semi-analytic strategy with a Model Order Reduction (MOR) scheme, which allows us to decrease further the reduced order model complexity as well as the computational burden. We validate the method against state-of-the-art MOR techniques, for both static and dynamic gear contact problems. Finally the results show how the presented method is able to more efficiently capture quantitatively the transmission error in case of spur geared transmission for different torque levels.

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