Topology optimizing an aircraft elevator bracket
Published on March 1, 2022
Key Software Capabilities
- Topology optimization
In aircraft design, every extra pound of material equates to reduced fuel efficiency and lower carrying capacities. Planes are filled with hundreds of hinges and brackets, making them an obvious target for lightweighting. However, it can be challenging to redesign these critical components without sacrificing structural integrity.
In this nTop Live, Yuki Okada, Technical Marketing Engineer at nTop, shows you how to reduce the mass of an aircraft elevator bracket using topology optimization. First, he sets up an optimization model by adding multiple load cases and constraints. Then, he shows you how to properly post-process the simulation result so it can be used to create a manufacturing-ready design.
Watch and learn how to:
- Set up a topology optimization model
- Post-process a raw topology optimization result
- Mesh and export a part for manufacturing
Download the files
Recreate the steps that Yuki followed in this nTop Training. To download all the necessary files for this training, please see this link.
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