Technical Papers and Presentations

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Fatigue Damage Evaluation on Mechanical Components under Multiaxial Loadings

R. Tovo[1] and S. Capetta[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

This paper is concerned with the fatigue behavior of complex, three-dimensional, stress concentrations under multiaxial loadings. Starting from the stress field obtained from a linear elastic analysis and taking advantage of the so-called implicit gradient approximation, an effective stress index connected with the material strength is calculated. Besides, this work summarizes a first ...

Screening Effects in Probing the Electric Double Layer by Scanning Electrochemical Potential Microscopy

R.F. Hamou[1], P.U. Biedermann[1], A. Erbe[1], and M. Rohwerder[1]
[1]Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

A computational method is developed to study probing the electric double layer by Scanning Electrochemical Potential Microscopy. The model is based on a modified Poisson- Boltzmann equation, which takes into account steric effects. We investigated the effect of metallic apex protrusion and the Open Circuit Potential (OCP) of the tip on the probed potential. A clear electrostatic screening effect ...

Multibody Contact Analysis of an Rzeppa CV-Joint

L. Armellin[1], F. Gatelli[1], and G. Tanghetti[1]

[1]R&D Department, Metelli S.p.A., Cologne, BS, Italy

Ball joints are widely used in many applications. This paper describes the contact and kinematic analysis of an Rzeppa type constant-velocity joint (CV-joint). Starting from a conveniently simplified 3D model, at fixed joint angle of 45°, a CV-joint made of all “generic steel” components has been studied. Considering only a “perfect” geometry (i.e. not affected by ...

Calculus of the Elastic Properties of a Beam Cross Section

A. Genoese[1], A. Genoese[1], and G. Garcea[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Modellistica per l'Ingegneria, Università della Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, CS, Italy

Saint-Venant general rod theory is used to calculate the elastic factors of a section through the numerical solution of a system of partial differential equations. The elastic properties so evaluated are used in a geometric nonlinear analysis of 3D beam structures with general cross-section to calculate some important quantities such as the stiffness matrix. Linear solutions, such as the ...

Transport Phenomena and Shrinkage Modeling During Convective Drying of Vegetables

S. Curcio[1] and M. Aversa[1]
[1]Department of Engineering Modeling, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, CS, Italy

The aim of the present work is the formulation of a theoretical model describing the transport phenomena involved in food drying process. The attention has been focused on the simultaneous transfer of momentum, heat and mass occurring in a convective drier where hot dry air flows, in turbulent conditions, around the food sample. The proposed model does not rely on the specification of interfacial ...

Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Fatigue in Thermal Barrier Coatings

U. Bardi[1], C. Borri[1], A. Fossati[1], A. Lavacchi[1], and I. Perissi[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy

A Finite element model of plasma sprayed TBC’s was developed to estimate the stress induced by thermal cycling experiments. A heat transfer analysis was performed to evaluate the temperature distribution on the specimen during the cooling under an impinging air jet; temperature measurements performed with an infrared pyrometer on the cooled samples show good agreement with the evaluated ...

FSI Analysis of Microcantilevers Vibrating in Fluid Environment

A. Ricci[1] and E. Giuri[1]

[1]Materials and Microsystems Laboratory (CHI-Lab), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Cantilever vibration in fluid environment is probably one of the most common Fluid Structure Interaction problems in the field of Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems. Usually the effect of fluid on cantilever oscillation is characterized in terms of mode resonance frequencies and quality factors (Qs). In this work a new approach to the above FSI problem is proposed: modes Q factors and ...

Thermal Design of Power Electronic Devices and Modules

N. Delmonte[1], M. Bernardoni[1], P. Cova[1], and R. Menozzi[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, University of Parma, Parma, Italy

This work describes a way to apply 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to the thermal design of power electronic modules using simplified geometry models of the system components. The method here presented can overcome the problem of solving equation systems with a very high number of Degrees Of Freedom (DOF) due to complex geometry of a power module.

Numerical Modelling of a Free-Burning Arc in Argon. A Tool for Understanding the Optical Mirage Effect in a TIG Welding Device

J-M. Bauchire[1], E. Langlois-Bertrand[1], and C. de Izarra[1]
[1]GREMI, CNRS, Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France

In this paper, we present the numerical modelling of a free-burning arc and its application to the understanding of optical mirage effect which could occur in a TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) device used in welding applications.

A Consistent Environment for the Numerical Prediction of the Properties of Composite Materials

J. Schumacher[1], P. Fideu[2], G. Ziegmann[1], and A. Herrmann[3]
[1]TU Clausthal-Institute of Polymere Materials and Plastic Engineering, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
[2]CTC GmbH Stade, Stade, Germany
[3]Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Bremen, Germany

The current paper focuses on the creation of a consistent environment for the numerical prediction of the physical properties of polymer composite. A limitation factor for the successful simulation of composite processes is the correct estimation of the effective properties depending on several factors such as the constituents (fiber, polymer), the process setup. The numerical prediction of the ...

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