Optimization of a Motorbike Composite Swing-Arm
A feasibility study aiming at replacing the single-sided swing-arm for high performance MV Agusta F4 1000R and “Brutale” 990R/1090RR motorcycles made in aluminium alloy with a Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) composite. A multi-objective approach was used, searching for solutions that minimized weight but maximized the torsional stiffness. The optimization process involved sixty design variables, which described composite laminate evolution in the swing-arm, together with eighteen constraint functions, including ramp-rate manufacturing constraint over the whole structure.
Optimization of a Radial Turbine Nozzle
Multi-objective Genetic Algorithms have been used together with Adaptive Response Surfaces to optimize the fluid dynamic performances of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Radial Turbine Nozzle. Nexus has been coupled with a state-of-the-art CFD solver in order to assist the design of the ORC turbines. …
Optimization of Tractor Front Axle Support
iChrome’s software solutions, Nexus and Shaper, have been used by Same Deutz-Fahr, a leading tractor manufacturer, to achieve weight reductions and an overall performance increase of complex 3D assemblies such as Front Axle Supports. An overall weight saving of 15% compared to the previously design has been globally achieved. …
Multi-Objective Optimization of an Air Flow Diverter
iChrome’s software solution Nexus has been instrumental to Vortice, a leading brand in the production and marketing of air treatment products, to speed-up preliminary product design and to achieve better performances. An overall improvement of 15% on the air flow has been achieved compared to the starting design.
Compared to the traditional design paradigm, which generally envisages a manual iterative process, the automated process herein proposed allowed to analyze and rigorously compare many more configurations in a fraction of the time.
Among the range of the identified optimal solutions, tow have been selected for further assessment and re-design activities.
Structural Optimization of Vertical Storage Systems
iChrome’s software solution Nexus has been instrumental to Ferretto Group ® to optimize the performances of their Vertimag range of products. The work focused on the use of CAD/CAE integration methodologies and multi-objective optimization to identify the best trade-offs between weight, structural performance and manufacturing costs. Compared to more traditional design techniques, Nexus was instrumental to rigorously perform analyze multiple configurations. In this way it is possible to perform large-scale tradeoff studies and to obtain reliable design curves for the definition of new product ranges and variants.