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Development And Analysis Of A Prototype Car-carrier Structure Using The Finite Element Method

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OP030091

Volume

67

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

639 kb

Author(s)

Z. Li, W. Altenhof, R. Gaspar & P. Frise

Abstract

Development and analysis of a prototype car-carrier structure using the finite element method Z. Li, W. Altenhof, R. Gaspar & P. Frise Department of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering, University of Windsor, Canada. Abstract This paper describes a computer-based modeling and simulation effort to aid in the development and design improvements of a prototype car-carrier structure. The most common approach for transporting vehicles over land in North America is the use of truck auto-carriers. The auto-carrier's structures and weld points often crack and break during service due to fatigue stresses. In addition, the large deflections on the top decks of the auto-carrier contribute considerable damage to the carrier structures and to the loaded vehicles. In this research, a finite element model of a prototype car-carrier structure was developed and numerical computations were conducted in LS-DYNA. The simulation results correlated well with responses observed from actual car-carriers

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