A computationally efficient multilevel decomposition and optimization framework is developed for application to automotive structures. A full scale finite element (FE) model of a passenger car along with a dummy and occupant restraint system (ORS) is used to analyze crashworthiness and occupant safety criteria in two crash scenarios. The vehicle and ORS models are incorporated into a decomposed multilevel framework and optimized with mass and occupant injury criteria as objectives. A surrogate modeling technique is used to approximate the computationally expensive nonlinear FE responses. A multilevel target matching optimization problem is formulated to obtain a design satisfying system level performance targets. A balance is sought between crashworthiness and structural rigidity while minimizing overall mass of the vehicle. Two separate design problems involving crash and crash+vibration are considered. A major finding of this study is that, it is possible to achieve greater weight savings by including dummy-based responses in optimization problem.
|Commitee:||Lacy, Thomas E., Motoyama, Keiichi|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Analytical target cascading, Crash analysis, Crashworthiness, Design optimization, Occupant restraint system, Surrogate modeling|
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