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Structural optimization

, Volume 17, Issue 2–3, pp 140–146 | Cite as

Optimal fastener pattern design considering bearing loads

  • H. Chickermance
  • H. C. Gea
  • R. J. Yang
  • C. H. Chuang
Research Papers

Abstract

In many engineering structures, failure occurs either at the connection itself or in the component at the point of attachment of the connection. To extend the service life of the structure it is important to ensure that the loads borne by the connections are distributed as uniformly as possible. This would also minimize the possibility of localized high stress regions within the component. In this work a topology optimization based approach has been developed to incorporate fastener load constraints into a problem formulated for optimal location of fasteners. The computational results indicate that it is effective in reducing the maximum fastener loads without compromising on the overall stiffness of the structure.

Keywords

Civil Engineer Computational Result Service Life High Stress Optimal Location 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Chickermance
    • 1
  • H. C. Gea
    • 1
  • R. J. Yang
    • 2
  • C. H. Chuang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, RutgersThe State University of New JerseyPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Ford Motor CompanyDearbornUSA

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