Structural Analysis of Truck Chassis Frame and Design Optimization for Weight Reduction
Hirak Patel1, Khushbu C. Panchal2, Chetan S. Jadav3
1Hirak Patel, PG Student Mechanical Department, Shri S’ad Vidya Mandal Institute of Technology, Bharuch, India.
2Khushbu C. Panchal, Assistant Professor Mechanical Department, Shri S’ad Vidya Mandal Institute of Technology, Bharuch, India.
3Chetan S. Jadav, Assistant Professor Mechanical Department, Shri S’ad Vidya Mandal Institute of Technology, Bharuch, India.
Manuscript received on March 02, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on April 13, 2013. | Manuscript published on April 30, 2013. | PP: 665-668 | Volume-2, Issue-4, April 2013. | Retrieval Number: D1574042413/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: Automotive chassis is an important part of an automobile. The chassis serves as a frame work for supporting the body and different parts of the automobile. Also, it should be rigid enough to withstand the shock, twist, vibration and other stresses. Along with strength, an important consideration in chassis design is to have adequate bending stiffness for better handling characteristics. So, maximum stress, maximum equilateral stress and deflection are important criteria for the design of the chassis. This report is the work performed towards the optimization of the automotive chassis with constraints of maximum shear stress, equivalent stress and deflection of chassis. Structural systems like the chassis can be easily analyzed using the finite element techniques. A sensitivity analysis is carried out for weight reduction. So a proper finite element model of the chassis is to be developed. The chassis is modeled in PRO-E. FEA is done on the modeled chassis using the ANSYS Workbench.
Keywords: Optimization, Sensitivity, Deformation, Stress.