Master Thesis - Prediction of rubber durability in a conventional bushing

Personality / Commitment

Ningbo Tuopu Group is one public company in Shanghai Stock Exchange, which is a technology-leading automobile parts company, and committed to the R&D and manufacturing on Power Chassis System, Trim System and Intelligent Driving Control System. Since being founded in 1983, Tuopu has been committing to Automobile industry for more than 30 years. Headquarters is located in Ningbo China, equipped with R&D center to support global projects and technology –leading test center, leading Power Chassis System, Trim System, Mechatronic System. Produce Anti- vibration, Trim, Power Chassis, Mechatronic, Structural series, more than 5000 products. Relying on leading R&D technology, manufacturing technology, quality management and global deliverability, Tuopu Group has established very good cooperation relationship with many domestic and oversea automobile makers, conducted multi-class sub-system and vehicle matching design, realized synchronous design R&D, supported global projects launch, become global supplier for Volvo cars corporation, CEVT, BMW, Benz, Audi, Porsche, VW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Geely and other car makers.

The goal in this thesis suggestion is to develop the analysis methods used to predict durability of a conventional bushing for cars. The field of fatigue has a long history in steel structures, but with increasing complexity in design and new materials today, there is also a need to improve the fatigue methods to extend to these new applications. Below the current work process is shown, together with the highlighted area open for investigation and improvements.

Durability prediction process

Keywords: Automotive, Finite element analysis, Fatigue analysis, Vehicle dynamics, Abaqus, MTS RPC, nCode, WAFO.

Job / Skills

- Perform a literature study to identify the key methods and software for predicting rubber durability. Investigate also what is used at Volvo Cars corporations and CEVT

- Develop with the support of CAE engineers finite element models and methods. Suggested commercial software to compare; MTS RPC, nCode+Abaqus, WAFO+Abaqus. What methodology to use, setup and boundaries, etc. How to present damage on part

- Conduct a parameter study of the ingoing parts and physical properties in order to optimize both the analysis and design.

- Validate the analyses with both analysis and test data.


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Ansökningstiden : 05/11/2018
Kontakt : Fanny Strömberg
Region : Sweden - Västra Götaland - Gothenburg

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