[en] This work considers the optimization of flexible components of mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems. This approach permits to better capture the effects of dynamic loading under service conditions. This process is challenging because most state-of-the-art studies in structural optimization have been conducted under static or quasi-static conditions. The formulation of the optimization problem for dynamic systems is fundamental; it is not a simple extension of static optimization. Naive implementation leads to fragile and unstable results. The present paper addresses the optimization of a connecting rod of a reciprocating engine with cyclic dynamic loading. Gradient-based methods are adopted for their convergence speed. Different formulations are investigated and compared. A first numerical application considers the optimization of the connecting rod regarding its mass and its elongation. After, another numerical application is carried on considering the stresses in the connecting rod. A conclusion on the influence of the optimization problem formulation is realized.
Interreg IV Euregio Meuse-Rhin (Automotive Sustainable Training Euregio Project)