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Lightweight Design of Three-Dimensional Woven Composite Automobile Shock Tower

[+] Author Affiliations
Wei Tao, Ping Zhu, Zhao Liu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Wei Chen

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Paper No. DETC2018-85519, pp. V003T01A021; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5178-4
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This paper proposes a lightweight design strategy for automobile shock tower made of three-dimensional woven composites (3DWOC). The presented design strategy consists of an analytical model for predicting the mechanical behaviors of composites and an optimization method. Volume averaging method and iso-strain assumption are adopted in the analytical model to calculate the elastic properties and strength characteristics of 3DWOC. The predicted properties are in good agreement with the available experimental data. An optimization method integrating particle swarm optimization algorithm and surrogate modeling technique is employed to solve the optimization problem with mixed discrete-continuous design variables from material and structure. The optimized automobile shock tower meets all requirements on structural stiffness and strength when reaching a 30.27% weight reduction.

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