From Incremental Change to Full Design/Validation Leap: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Safety and Crash Performance

Heavy-duty mining trucks at Hitachi are designed to meet ISO ROPS and FOPS safety requirements, while structures must be as lightweight as possible. The presentation will discuss Hitachi’s design and simulation approach, which consists of an integrated multidisciplinary analysis process. Dynamic analyses, multibody dynamics simulations, including flexible bodies and dynamic simulations are methods applied to optimize performance and vehicle safety.

The author will present examples such as the optimization of a trolley support structure, a kinematics model of a 100-ton truck and the analysis of a trailing arm. Finally, the author will share his thoughts on the important subject of how simulation can better impact the design.

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