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Heavy Truck 5th Wheel Modeling Techniques in Finite Element and Their Effect on Stress Distribution

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Ali Cinar

Tubitak, Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey

Paper No. ESDA2012-82046, pp. 9-12; 4 pages
  • ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 1: Advanced Computational Mechanics; Advanced Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Applied Solid Mechanics and Material Processing; Dynamical Systems and Control
  • Nantes, France, July 2–4, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4484-7
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Finite element analysis has been used widely in the automotive industry to evaluate design alternatives. Especially when there is no prototype part for rig or vehicle testing, CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) is the only tool to evaluate whether the design meets its target or not. Truck chassis, 5th wheel table and its reinforcement has been modeled for stress calculations under 5th wheel forces. Various FE modeling techniques have been evaluated, including assembly loads and contact modeling, and their effect on the stress distribution has been demonstrated. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the important parameters that effect stress distribution on the critical areas under the 5th wheel.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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