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Innovative Material Characterisation Methodology for Tyre Static and Dynamic Analyses

Applus + Idiada Group, Spain-Bharath Anantharamaiah
Applus IDIADA Group, Spain-Carlos Fidalgo
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1519
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Tyre structures are based on composite materials that constitute numerous layers, each providing specific properties to the tyre mechanic and dynamic behaviour. In principle, the understanding of the partial contributions of the individual layers requires knowledge of its mechanical properties. In case of non-availability of such critical information, it is difficult to perform tyre FE analyses. In the current work, a methodology is proposed to study the tyre static and dynamic behaviour to estimate its constituents properties based on the measured quasi-static responses of the tyre for certain specific loads. As a first step, a simplified tyre numerical model with standard rubber material properties is modeled that can substantively predict the necessary tyre static responses, i.e. radial, longitudinal and lateral stiffness. These responses are correlated with the physical tyre response that are measured using a kinematic and compliance (K&C) test rig in the laboratory. A Design of Experiments (DoE) study, followed by an optimization process, is performed by sampling the material properties of the rubbers to simulate the FE model and match the tyre responses…
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Coarse Mesh RIFF Method to Identify the Homogenized Flexural and Shear Complex Moduli of Composite Beams

LAUM-Frédéric Ablitzer, Charles PEZERAT
Sonorhc Technologies-Thibault Wassereau, Jean-Louis GUYADER
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1579
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Facing the increasing use of composite materials regarding their stiffness to mass ratio, industries need to design complex structures. Hence specific methods must developed to predict the vibratory behavior of such materials but also to check their performances in-situ, analyse the presence of flaws or quantify degradation of properties throughout time. This paper describes a method to estimate the flexural and shear complex moduli of composite beams, based on a simple measurement of the transverse displacement on a coarse mesh using a hammer and an accelerometer. The herein depicted approach consists in an adaptation of the corrected finite difference scheme (Leclere et al. 2012) applied to an inverse vibratory method developed by the authors in previous works (Wassereau et al. 2017). The Timoshenko’s equation of motion and the corrected finite difference scheme are the two major key points of the method. The first allows estimation of Young and shear complex moduli simultaneously (sometimes crucial to describe composite beams) but also simplifies the representation of the composite structure by considering it as an homogeneous material, which…
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Experimental Study on Static and Fatigue Behavior of a Short Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

FCA US LLC-Mingchao Guo, Congyue Wang, Jian Tao, Ramchandra Bhandarkar
InDepth Engineering Solutions-Johnson Joseph
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0190
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
One approach of lighting vehicle weight is using composite materials. Fiber reinforced polypropylene is one of the most popular composite materials. To improve accuracy in the prediction of durability performance of structures made of this kind of composite material, static and fatigue properties of a short glass fiber reinforced polypropylene have been physically studied. This paper describes details of test coupon design, fabrication, test setup of both quasi-static and fatigue tests, test results and discussions. In this study, various loading orientations (0o, 20o, 90o and knit line), temperatures (22oC/23oC and 80oC/85oC), loading ratio (R = -1.0, -0.5, -0.2, 0.1 and 0.4) are considered.
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Comparison of Different Methods for Panel Dent Resistance Using Numerical Assessment and Influence of Materials Used in Automotive Industry

Tata Technologies Ltd.-Ashish Sathaye, Deepak Srivastava, Manivasagam Shanmugam
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0483
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Conventionally, the automotive outer panels, giving vehicle its shape, have been manufactured from steel sheets. The outer panels are subjected to loads due to wind loading, palm-prints, person leaning on the vehicle, cart hits, and hail stones for example. Consumer awareness about these two panel characteristics: Oilcanning and Dent resistance is increased, which has been observed in recent marketing studies. Apart from perceptive quality, another factor depending on the dent performance is insurance and respective cost implications. Dents can occur due to several reasons such as object hits, parking misjudgement, hail stones etc. Phenomenon can be divided into two types, static and dynamic denting. Static dent case covers scenario wherein interaction with outer panel is mostly quasi-static. Hail stones present dynamic case where object hits a panel with certain kinetic energy. Automotive companies usually perform static dent assessment to cover all the cases. The scope of this paper is to discuss the comparison between two methods and its results using Finite Element Analysis. Influence of panel stiffness on dent resistance is also studied. Panel dent…
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Anisotropic Material Behavior and Design Optimization of 3D Printed Structures

University of Kentucky-Jordan Garcia, Robert Harper, Coilin Bradley, John Schmidt, Y Charles Lu
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0228
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Traditional manufacturing processes such as injection or compression molding are often enclosed and pressurized systems that produce homogenous products. In contrast, 3D printing is exposed to the environment at ambient (or reduced) temperature and atmospheric pressure. Furthermore, the printing process itself is mostly “layered manufacturing”, i.e., it forms a three-dimensional part by laying down successive layers of materials. Those characteristics inevitably lead to an inconsistent microstructure of 3D printed products and thus cause anisotropic mechanical properties. In this paper, the anisotropic behaviors of 3D printed parts were investigated by using both laboratory coupon specimens (bending specimens) and complex engineering structures (A-pillar). Results show that the orientation of the infills of 3D printed parts can significantly influence their mechanical properties. Parts with 0-degree filament orientation are seen to have the most favorable responses, including Young’s modulus, maximum strength, failure strain, and toughness. The findings also suggest that the 3D printed products could be theoretically “designed” or “tailored” by adjusting the infill angles to achieve optimal performance. The 3D printed A-pillar structure has been designed by utilizing…
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Electrical Heated Epoxy Tool for Rotational Moulding Application

John Deere India Pvt., Ltd.-Sorna Rajendran Gandhi, Amit S Patil
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0234
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The conventional method of making rotational moulding part is by heating the cast aluminium mould or sheet metal mould by hot air medium which has its own limitation on energy loss, the other means is by direct heating and cooling of mould by passing hot oil/water in the mould to have better energy efficiency but leakage and safety problems associated with pumping pressurized hot oil/water. There is no solution available for prototyping rotational moulding parts using design intended material. The current practice of prototyping with the conventional method is expensive and time-consuming. In this work, a simple method is presented to produce a rotational moulded part with a breakthrough in-mould construction, which is Composite Mould Technology (CMT) with glass fibre reinforced epoxy resin built-in with electrical heaters. The project focuses were on proving CMT in comparison with the current production method. CMT reduce the cost by 90% and time to build Protomould by 85%. This electrical heated CMT can be used for new product development (NPD) and very low volume production as the cycle time…
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Functionality Analysis of Thermoplastic Composite Material to Design Engine Components

Politecnico di Torino-Abbas Razavykia, Cristiana Delprete, Carlo Rosso, Paolo Baldissera
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0774
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Developing of innovative technologies and materials to meet the requirements of environmental legislation on vehicle emissions has paramount importance for researchers and industries. Therefore, improvement of engine efficiency and fuel saving of modern internal combustion engines (ICEs) is one of the key factors, together with the weight reduction. Thermoplastic composite materials might be one of the alternative materials to be employed to produce engine components to achieve these goals as their properties can be engineered to meet application requirements. Unidirectional carbon fiber reinforced PolyEtherImide (CF/PEI) thermoplastic composite is used to design engine connecting rod and wrist pin, applying commercial engine data and geometries. The current study is focused on some elements of the crank mechanism as the weight reduction of these elements affects not only the curb weight of the engine but the overall structure. As a matter of fact, by reducing the reciprocating mass, alternate forces will be reduced and hence the size of the structural elements. Also, other elements of the engine can be designed for lightweighting, but the crank mechanism elements maximize…
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Development of Intercooler Hose for Future Engine

Hino Motors, Ltd.-Ryoji Kodama, Takahiro Onishi
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0236
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Current intercooler hoses, which are made from fluorocarbon rubber (FKM) and silicone rubber (VMQ) exhibit high heat resistance and durability. However, they will be used in more severe use environments, and there is a risk of problems arising with their current material composition. This investigation into issues concerning intercooler hoses in future engines found that FKM mechanical properties were insufficient under high temperature environments. In this research, efforts to improve the mechanical properties of FKM focused on the low durability of the internal FKM crosslinking points as the cause of this insufficiency. The current crosslinking method has excellent acid resistance and cannot be modified. An effective improvement the properties was therefore sought by adding a new distinct crosslinking network while preserving the current level of acid resistance of the existing network. Carbon black gel was used as a reinforcing agent to form the new network. Polymer types and blending were adjusted to achieve the target values and develop a new FKM, which was used to make a prototype hose and confirmed to be free of…
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Simulation and Parametric Analysis of Battery Thermal Management System Using Phase Change Material

CATARC-Chunjing Lin, Yuhan Sun
Tongji University-Zhao Li, Sichuan Xu
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0866
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The thermophysical parameters and amount of composite phase change materials (PCMs) have decisive influence on the thermal control effects of thermal management systems (TMSs). At the same time, the various thermophysical parameters of the composite PCM are interrelated. For example, increasing the thermal conductivity is bound to mean a decrease in the latent heat of phase change, so a balance needs to be achieved between these parameters. In this paper, a prismatic LiFePO4 battery cell cooled by composite PCM is comprehensively analyzed by changing the phase change temperature, thermal conductivity and amount of composite PCM. The influence of the composite PCM parameters on the cooling and temperature homogenization effect of the TMS is analyzed. which can give useful guide to the preparation of composite PCMs and design of the heat transfer enhancement methods for TMSs.
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Performance Study of an Innovative Collaborative Robot Gripper Design on Different Fabric Pick and Place Scenarios

University of Windsor-Morteza Alebooyeh, Bowen Wang, Ruth Jill Urbanic
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1304
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Light-weighting fiber composite materials introduced to reduce vehicle mass and known as innovative materials research activities since they provide high specific stiffness and strength compared to contemporary engineering materials. Nonetheless, there are issues related automation strategies and handling methods. Material handling of flexible textile/fiber components is a process bottleneck and it is currently being performed by setting up multi-stage manual operations for hand layups. Consequently, the long-term research objective is to develop semi-automated pick and place processes for flexible materials utilizing collaborative robots within the process. The immediate research is to experimentally validate innovatively designed grippers for efficient material pick and place tasks. Pick and place experiments on a 0/90 plain woven carbon fiber fabric with an innovative gripper design is tested using a YuMi 14000 ABB collaborative robot to validate the new-designed gripper enhanced performance on the slippage and material wrinkling based on the previous research [20] for two gripping forces, and two travel speeds. Also, different double arm pick and place scenarios are sought to achieve an acceptable approach through which fabric wrinkling…