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  • Method development for early architectural optimization of a wheel suspension system

    A two-phase optimization approach is developed for the optimization of a rear wheel suspension system with the goal of reducing NVH, and improving ride and handling. The softwares modeFRONTIER and MotionSolve are coupled to find the optimal results in order to meet requirements for lowest cost and weight.

    proceeding 2016
  • Multi-objective robust optimization of the closing functionality of a trunk lid

    A demonstration of the optimization of a car trunk lid closing functionality is presented in this work from the Body and Closures Department at Volvo Cars. The lid should be easy to close yet not damage the car even if it is slammed shut by full force.The approach uses a workflow designed in modeFRONTIER to shorten development time and find the solution these contradicting demands. 

    proceeding 2016
  • Tolerance Management 3.0- Optimizing the Physics

    EnginSoft, in collaboration with TTC3 Gmbh implements Tolerance management 3.0 in its engineering methodology. A multidisciplinary approach using modeFRONTIER is necessary to reach optimal results when complexity and conflicting targets are present. This will drive quality in the product line long-term.

    proceeding 2016
  • Optimization of Active Grille Shutters Operation for Increased Fuel Economy

    This presentations shows the optimization of active grill shutters in order to improve fuel economy and reduce drag penalty of a motor vehicle. The integration of softwares modeFRONTIER and Exa PowerFLOW facilitate the optimization process bringing valid results for the design of a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

    proceeding 2016
  • Aero Optimization of Volvo S60 WTCC Race Car

    The Volvo S60 is the racing car used by Cyan racing in the World Touring Car Championships. Optimization software modeFRONTIER was chosen for the aero optimization process of the vehicle, due to the complexity of the format of the championship, limited time and limited prior experience. 

    proceeding 2016
  • Design of a Meta-Material with Targeted Nonlinear Deformation Response

    This thesis aims to demonstrate the possibility of designing a meta-material to match a nonlinear deformation response. Application of this method was successful in generating a meta-material to meet the response of the rubber pad in an M1 Abrams tank. The optimization method using modeFRONTIER can serve as a framework for future designers to develop meta-materials for nonlinear targeted responses

    paper 2015
  • The Product Innovative Design Methodology Integrating Reverse Engineering with Optimization - A Case Study on Automotive Styling

    Although many CAD systems exist, in the initial design phase of a product, it’s still a challenge to obtain a shape that meets aesthetic and physical performance requirements simultaneously. An innovative design methodology integrating reverse engineering (RE) with optimization is presented to settle this problem. RE is used to convert a clay model to a spline-based surface model. The final solution is found through a multi-objective genetic algorithm from modeFRONTIER.

    paper 2015
  • Thermal Analysis of a Diesel Piston and Cylinder Liner using the Inverse Heat Conduction Method

    This Master’s thesis developed a thermal analysis model of a diesel piston that is used in Volvo Cars engines, which enhances the possibilities to determine the complete thermal loads of the car engine and can be used as a boundary condition when performing combustion CFD-simulation. 

    paper 2015
  • Novel, cost-effective configurations of combined power plants for small-scale cogeneration from biomass

    The employment of small combined cycles as a valid alternative to ORC systems for Combined Heat and Power from biomass is feasible in the near future and can guarantee competitive thermodynamic performances. Two design optimizations were performed according to two different configurations, employing the Immersed Particle heat exchanger and Nickel Alloy heat exchanger. Thermal efficiency and electrical efficiency were selected as the objectives to be maximized by the optimization algorithm in modeFRONTIER.

    paper 2015
  • Sensitivity analysis of CFD method with modeFRONTIER

    In this thesis, the development of a new defroster duct system prototype is carried out. The suitability of using modeFRONTIER for sensitivity analysis has been investigated coupling ANSYS/FLUENT as a main solver. To study the numerical solution of the windscreen de-icing process, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method has been used. 

    paper 2014

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