Improving the Lightweight Design of an Electric Drive System Using Fatigue Analysis
Innovative lightweight design is the key to reducing consumption and pollutant emissions. Especially the paradigm shift currently underway towards more electrification demands new possibilities for saving weight to be explored. Thus the aim of this webinar is to show how a fatigue life analysis can be carried out for a modern electric drive system. Since vibration phenomena play an essential role here, a modal fatigue analysis is carried out. We present all the necessary steps to set up the modal fatigue analysis in FEMFAT channelmax and the fatigue results. The e-drive system will be subjected to an engine run-up simulation. The add-on tool HARMONIC is used for the data preparation.
The Future of Fatigue Life Prediction
Klaus Hofwimmer from Magna Powertrain, an APA partner, discusses the future of fatigue life prediction.
Highly Specialized Solutions under Altair’s Partner Alliance for Academic Market
The Altair Partner Alliance for Academic Market
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Multidisciplinary Workflow to Assess Modal Fatigue Results of a 4-Cylinder Crankshaft Using AVL EXCITE, OptiStruct and FEMFAT
The crankshaft of an engine is a highly dynamically loaded component that is continuously optimized and optimized in terms of design and production technology. In order to be able to reproduce this in the simulation, the essential influences must be considered. This includes the dynamically behaviour in combination with the engine, the material properties and the application of the loads and their transfer to other parts (bearings).
The modal approach has established itself as a proven method here, whereby a modal basis is determined in the FEM so that the crankshaft is integrated as a flexible body in the MKS model of the engine, and so that an entire engine run-up can be simulated. The modal participation factors are obtained from the MBS simulation, which are used together with the modal stresses for the safety factor calculation.
This workflow requires the combination of different simulation tools. The challenge is to organize the data transfer between the tools efficient and correct. In this example, the workflow is realized using OptiStruct from Altair for FEM calculation, EXCITE from AVL as MKS tool and FEMFAT from Magna Powertrain ECS as Fatigue solver.
This makes it possible to simulate a complex engine run-up with consideration of the ignition bearing forces and to calculate the fatigue life of the crankshaft in FEMFAT.
This webinar, details of the simulation workflow of the 4-cylinder crankshaft will be presented and the effects of several influencing variables on the fatigue life will be studied.
MAGNA Showcase Video
A short video by Axel Werkhausen showcasing FEMFAT as a comprehensive fatigue analysis tool.
Durability Testing / Loads, Fatigue Curces and Material Datasets
Presentation by Axel Werkhausen, Manager FEMFAT Support and Sales at Magna Powertrain ECS.
ATC Presentations, Videos
Efficient Solid Meshing and Fatigue Assessment of Welds Using SimLab and FEMFAT
Typically, in the automotive industry, the numerical fatigue life analysis of seam welds is based on shell models. Determining the local stiffness and the fatigue life of weld details with those models is a challenging task; especially for closely spaced welds as well as for the connection of metal sheets to thick walled or solid components...
Webinar: 2 Years of FEMFAT User Meetings - More than 60 Presentations About FEMFAT
FEMFAT headquarters in Austria holds an International user meeting every 2-years, and in spring and autumn, five distributors organize in Shanghai, Tokyo, Michigan, Seoul and Pune regional user meetings with presentations according to the fatigue analysis of their customers. The webinar will show a short summary of four of the presentations which have aroused the interest of the audience. Some have made the “best lecture award.”
FEMFAT Online Learning
Magna Powertrain and the Altair Partner Alliance are pleased to bring you a free online training series to become better acquainted with the software through a series of graduated online courses. In these self-paced training courses, you will learn how to get started in the following FEMFAT Modules: Basic, Max Channel, Max Transient, Spot Remeshing, Spectral and Heat.
Top Use Cases: FEMFAT
Presentation introducing a few of the top use cases for the durability analysis software, FEMFAT.
FEMFAT Tip: Save Time By Reusing Scratch Files
See how to save time in FEMFAT max analyses by considering the right time for generating scratch files.
Tips & Tricks
Virtual Durability Process: Bringing Together MBD, FE and Fatigue
Simulation is indispensable within any product development organization. We at Altair believe this outright and you see that in the vision statement from our CEO, to radically change the way organizations design products and make decisions. Simulation driven design is applied at different stages of development, from concept stage to the final design tuning and validation. Optimization is an integral part of it, so your starting point is an optimal design.
Partner Spotlight: ECS/Magna - FEMFAT
Axel Werkhausen, Manager of Sales & Support at ECS, discusses durability analysis software, FEMFAT, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.
Brochures, Product Collateral
Fatigue, Composites & Optimization: Themes for Partner Presentations at the Americas Altair Technology Conference
Americas ATC 2015 had one of the highest attendance in history, with about 750+ users in a span of 3 days attending workshops and presentations. Close to half the number of partners from the APA were present to interact with customers and showcase their technologies. Sridhar highlights the key points covered in the presentations.
ATC Presentations, Brochures, Presentations, Technical Papers
Fatigue analysis in Heavy Industries - the larger the vehicle the higher the need for endurance on misuse
FEMFAT offers fatigue life prediction (FLP) of all vehicle components (engine, gearbox, chassis, frames, car bodies and structures) and machinery equipment based on Finite Element Analyses (FEA). Additionally to consideration of complex multi-axial loadings an assessment of welding seams as well as spot welds and self piercing rivets in steel and aluminium can be carried out.
FEMFAT Webinar: Fatigue Analysis is Everywhere
FEMFAT is applied to mechanical systems in nearly all disciplines involving fatigue aspects. Engineers can follow the results and obtain approval from regulations such as GL Wind Renewables, IIW, Eurocode3 and British Standards.
Simulation Powers Development of Professional Power Tools
CAE is a core element in developing high-end, long-lasting professional power tools at DeWalt, a Stanley Black & Decker brand.
Customer Initiated Developments in FEMFAT
Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG has a very long tradition in helping automotive OEMs in developing parts for their passenger cars, trucks, farm tractors, railways, and even some aeronautic vehicles. This article highlights some of these projects which have led to innovation and have become unique to FEMFAT.
Fatigue analysis on thermal load cycles by FEMFAT HEAT
This 45-minute webinar shows how FEMFAT heat is used for low cycle fatigue analysis of components that suffer from thermo-mechanical fatigue.
Frequency Response using FEMFAT Spectral Module
Learn about the frequency response capabilities available in FEMFAT's Spectral Module.
Basic Intro to FEMFAT - Webinar Slides
Basic introductory slides to durability and fatigue software, FEMFAT.
Success Story: Mahindra Two Wheelers
Two-Wheeler Designer-Manufacturer Cuts New Component Time to Market and Optimizes Component Design with the Altair Partner Alliance
FEMFAT Showcase Video
2 minute video introduction to durability and fatigue tool, FEMFAT. *Note: This video does not contain audio, but does include subtitles.
Success Story: Dana Holding Corporation Increases Flexibility while Reducing Software Costs
Dana engineers increased their productivity and efficiency by gaining access to the APA suite of applications.