Multi-objective optimization applied to the mass reduction of a plastic part
The case study presents a multidisciplinary optimization related to the thermoplastic industry. At the PEP technical center for innovation on thermoplastic injection modeFRONTIER to obtain the optimal combination of materials and dimensions. The innovative power of the optimization methodology lies in the possibility to identify solutions which have not even been considered at the first steps of the design process.
Upfront simulation and CAE driven design Reality or long term dream
This upfront simulation is the key driving force for a paradigm shift in product development and, though the MDO is integrated in the development cycle at JLR, it must now be allowed to drive geometry changes. It therefore needs to be aware of the manufacturing and cost implications of any changes proposed. Without this check, the process would constantly present theoretical geometries – impractical, difficult or costly to manufacture. This paper describes how it is possible to use an MDO for upfront simulation and showcase a process that could lead to a truly CAE driven design.