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Subject: FEM FUNDAMENTALS AND CHASSIS DESIGN (A.A. 2020/2021)

master degree course in ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

Course year 1
CFU 9
Teaching units Unit FEM Fundamentals and Chassis Design
Mechanical Engineering (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: ING-IND/14 CFU: 9
Teachers: Enrico BERTOCCHI
Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language inglese
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Teachers

Enrico BERTOCCHI

Overview

The course aims at giving an introductory overview of the structural design of an automotive chassis, with particular emphasis on classical design solutions and on the sizing of lightweight structure members.

Admission requirements

Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Design, Applied Mechanics and Machine Design. Fundamentals of Linear Algebra.

Course contents

Automotive chassis architectures overview. Spatial beam structures theory compendium. Thin plate theory. Thin walled beams: load resultants, stresses, warping and Vlasov effect. The finite element method for the analysis of thin walled structures, from the bilinear Mindlin plate element to the solution of equilibrium equations. Joint modeling. Dynamic analysis of FE modeled structures: modal analysis and periodic load response. Buckling phenomena in support structures. Basic structural impact calculations. Numerical optimization methods and their application to chassis design.

Teaching methods

Classroom lessons and computer lab exercises.

Assessment methods

Oral exam including a computer lab exercise.

Learning outcomes

Adequate knowledge for the structural design of chassis components.

Readings

Appunti delle lezioni e materiale didattico fornito dal docente./Personal and professor's lecture notes.
For the personal deepening of contents:/For the personal deepening of contents:
Boresi, A.P., Schmidt, R.J., Advanced Mechanics of Materials, 6th Edition. Adams, V., Askenazi, A., Building Better Products With Finite Element Analysis, 1998. Megson, T.H.G., Aircraft structures for engineering students, 2012. Genta, G., Morello, L., The Automotive Chassis: Volume 1: Components Design, 2008.
Genta, G., Morello, L., The Automotive Chassis: Volume 2: System Design, 2016. Costin, M. Phipps, D., Racing and sports car chassis design, 1967. M. F. Ashby, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Butterworth-Heinemann.