Which Components Would Give the Biggest Weight Saving?

This post was taken from Altair Enlighten and contributed by my colleague, Lars Fredriksson, Director at Altair ProductDesign, Germany.

As engineers in an ideal world, we would use design optimization techniques on every single component in a product in order to ensure the entire structure is as lightweight as possible. In reality however, this is rarely a practical exercise as we all need to meet development schedules with a limited amount of resources.So when faced with an existing design and often hundreds of components that could potentially be optimized, how do you know which ones could yield the biggest weight savings?

The answer is to screen a product’s components during the early stage of the development process. The screening process helps to answer several vital questions when assessing where to focus time and energy such as:

 

– Which steps are necessary to enhance the product?

– What does this mean economically?

– How large is the economic and technical potential of an optimization project?

– How much will it cost and how much effort will be required for an optimization project   compared to its benefit?

– What are the consequence-, synergy- or interdependency-effects which may come up   during the optimization project?

– What are convenient or realistic development targets?

 

At a recent NAFEMS event a colleague of mine, Adrian Wischnewski of Altair ProductDesign in Germany presented a session on developing a screening process for the strategic application of optimization technology into a product development cycle.

You can view a 15 minute recording of the presentation below which gives a great insight into the process and its potential impact on a product’s weight by clicking the link here.

Royston Jones

Royston Jones

Executive VP of European Operations & Global CTO at Altair Product Design
My name is Royston Jones and I have been at Altair sixteen years. I was born in the green valleys of North Wales and eventually left my village for the bright lights of South Wales; Swansea University. It was there I was eventually persuaded to help the English with their engineering and left the principality. It’s been a great thrill seeing my passion, engineering simulation, gradually increase its impact on the design process. However, a bigger thrill has been seeing Manchester United dominate English football for two decades. I enjoy seeing my boys grow up and I am excited about how engineering simulation has become a key technology in creating highly engineered; Green products.
Royston Jones
Royston Jones

About Royston Jones

My name is Royston Jones and I have been at Altair sixteen years. I was born in the green valleys of North Wales and eventually left my village for the bright lights of South Wales; Swansea University. It was there I was eventually persuaded to help the English with their engineering and left the principality. It’s been a great thrill seeing my passion, engineering simulation, gradually increase its impact on the design process. However, a bigger thrill has been seeing Manchester United dominate English football for two decades. I enjoy seeing my boys grow up and I am excited about how engineering simulation has become a key technology in creating highly engineered; Green products.