The lightweight design of a dump truck frame based on dynamic responses

Z. Chen, T. Wang, Z. Zhao, J. Shen, D. Zhen, F. Gu

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This paper develops a new scheme for the lightweight design of heavy dump truck frames based on the characteristics of dynamic responses. The dynamic response is predicted using a finite element (FE) model which is verified by an experimental mode analysis. The FE model is then used to investigate the characteristics of dynamic responses and frame weight changes with respect to the mass changes of each frame component for selecting significant components. An optimization is finally developed for the lightweight design under constrains that maintain required dynamic responses and static strength. The optimization results show that the weight of frame can be reduced by 8%, showing that the scheme is an effective way to achieve automotive lightweight design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICAC 12 - Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Automation and Computing
Subtitle of host publicationIntegration of Design and Engineering
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781908549006
ISBN (Print)9781467317221
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2012
Event18th International Conference on Automation and Computing: Integration of Design and Engineering - Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20128 Sep 2012
Conference number: 18 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference18th International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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