This article purposes on developing and on re-interpreting the numerical results of a topology optimization for a structural component built via additive manufacturing. A critical appraisal of the optimization results is presented by modeling the feasible component with a holistic approach that merges structural and manufacturing requirements. The procedure is expected to provide a design guideline for similar applications of practical relevance, toward an increase of the right-first-time parts that is required to bring additive manufacturing to its full competitiveness. Topology optimization of a steering upright for a Formula SAE racing car was performed by targeting weight minimization while complying with severe structural constraints, like global and local stiffness performance. Cornering, bumping and braking vehicle conditions were considered. The optimization constraints were evaluated via finite element analysis on a reference component, where the loading conditions were retrieved from telemetry data. The reference part was manufactured by computer numerical control machining from a solid aluminum block. Spurred by the interpretation of the topology optimization predictions, a new upright geometry was designed and validated by calculating its stress field and the possible occurrence of Euler buckling. The new upright was 9% lighter than the reference component. The new geometry was analyzed according to Design for Additive Manufacturing principles to choose the orientation on the build platform and the supports’ location and geometry. The part was successfully manufactured and proved consistent with the application.

Synergy between topology optimization and additive manufacturing in the automotive field / Mantovani, Sara; Barbieri, Saverio Giulio; Giacopini, Matteo; Croce, Alessandro; Sola, Antonella; Bassoli, Elena. - In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. PART B, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE. - ISSN 0954-4054. - (2021), pp. 555-567. [10.1177/0954405420949209]

Synergy between topology optimization and additive manufacturing in the automotive field

Sara Mantovani;Saverio Giulio Barbieri;Matteo Giacopini;Alessandro Croce;Antonella Sola;Elena Bassoli
2021

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This article purposes on developing and on re-interpreting the numerical results of a topology optimization for a structural component built via additive manufacturing. A critical appraisal of the optimization results is presented by modeling the feasible component with a holistic approach that merges structural and manufacturing requirements. The procedure is expected to provide a design guideline for similar applications of practical relevance, toward an increase of the right-first-time parts that is required to bring additive manufacturing to its full competitiveness. Topology optimization of a steering upright for a Formula SAE racing car was performed by targeting weight minimization while complying with severe structural constraints, like global and local stiffness performance. Cornering, bumping and braking vehicle conditions were considered. The optimization constraints were evaluated via finite element analysis on a reference component, where the loading conditions were retrieved from telemetry data. The reference part was manufactured by computer numerical control machining from a solid aluminum block. Spurred by the interpretation of the topology optimization predictions, a new upright geometry was designed and validated by calculating its stress field and the possible occurrence of Euler buckling. The new upright was 9% lighter than the reference component. The new geometry was analyzed according to Design for Additive Manufacturing principles to choose the orientation on the build platform and the supports’ location and geometry. The part was successfully manufactured and proved consistent with the application.
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Synergy between topology optimization and additive manufacturing in the automotive field / Mantovani, Sara; Barbieri, Saverio Giulio; Giacopini, Matteo; Croce, Alessandro; Sola, Antonella; Bassoli, Elena. - In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. PART B, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE. - ISSN 0954-4054. - (2021), pp. 555-567. [10.1177/0954405420949209]
Mantovani, Sara; Barbieri, SAVERIO GIULIO; Giacopini, Matteo; Croce, Alessandro; Sola, Antonella; Bassoli, Elena
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