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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Russell, Ryan Christopher
URN etd-11182013-205832
Title Computer Finite Element Simulation in Mechanical Design
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Haoxiang Luo Committee Co-Chair
Thomas J Withrow Committee Co-Chair
Michael Goldfarb Committee Member
  • finite element analysis
  • brushless dc motor
  • adaptive vehicle make
Date of Defense 2013-11-15
Availability unrestricted
Finite element analysis employs the finite element numerical method to solve complicated engineering problems. Integrating finite element studies into the design cycle can help to shorten the design process. In this thesis, studies were performed within the framework of the Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) project and viewed through the lens of reliability, model validation, and the applicable takeaways of a finite element study. Next, the redesign cycle was performed for a brushless DC flat motor to improve its thermal performance. The motor was modeled using the ANSYS finite element analysis software and the results were validated experimentally. The finite element model was then modified, optimized, and tested with the creation of motor prototypes. The redesigned motor had a 40 percent increase in thermal performance, resulting in increased operating capabilities.
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