Combining Structural Optimization and Process Assurance in Implicit Modelling for Casting Parts

Tobias Rosnitschek, Maximilian Erber, Christoph Hartmann, Wolfram Volk, Frank Rieg, Stephan Tremmel
2021 Materials  
The structural optimization of manufacturable casting parts is still a challenging and time-consuming task. Today, topology optimization is followed by a manual reconstruction of the design proposal and a process assurance simulation to endorse the design proposal. Consequently, this process is iteratively repeated until it reaches a satisfying compromise. This article shows a method to combine structural optimization and process assurance results to generate automatically structure- and
more » ... -optimized die casting parts using implicit geometry modeling. Therefore, evaluation criteria are developed to evaluate the current design proposal and qualitatively measure the improvement of manufacturability between two iterations. For testing the proposed method, we use a cantilever beam as an example of proof. The combined iterative method is compared to manual designed parts and a direct optimization approach and evaluated for mechanical performance and manufacturability. The combination of topology optimization (TO) and process assurance (PA) results is automated and shows a significant enhancement to the manual reconstruction of the design proposals. Further, the improvement of manufacturability is better or equivalent to previous work in the field while using less computational effort, which emphasizes the need for suitable metamodels to significantly reduce the effort for process assurance and enable much shorter iteration times.
doi:10.3390/ma14133715 pmid:34279285 pmcid:PMC8269844 fatcat:5wnb2ceq4jdrddhb6ffvuny54a