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Shell Analysis and Optimisation of a Pure Electric Vehicle Power Train Based on Multiple Software

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Yantai Vocational College, Shandong Yantai, 264005, China
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School of computer and control engineering, Yantai University, Shandong Yantai 264005, China
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Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804, China
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9(4), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj9040049
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 22 November 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
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Abstract

Motor end cover mounting fracture is a problem recently encountered by novel pure electric vehicles. Regarding the study of the traditional vehicle engine mount bracket and on the basis of the methods of design and optimisation available, we have analysed and optimised the pure electric vehicle end cover mount system. Multi-body dynamic software and finite element software have been combined. First, we highlight the motor end cover mount bracket fracture engineering problems, analyse the factors that may produce fracture, and propose solutions. By using CATIA software to establish a 3D model of the power train mount system, we imported it into ADAMS multi-body dynamic software, conducted 26 condition analysis, obtained five ultimate load conditions, and laid the foundations for subsequent analysis. Next, a mount and shell system was established by the ANSYS finite element method, and modal, strength, and fatigue analyses were performed on the end cover mount. We found that the reason for fracture lies in the intensity of the end cover mount joint, which leads to the safety factor too small and the fatigue life not being up to standard. The main goal was to increase the strength of the cover mount junction, stiffness, safety coefficient, and fatigue life. With this aim, a topology optimisation was conducted to improve the motor end cover. A 3D prototype was designed accordingly. Finally, stiffness, strength, modal, and fatigue were simulated. Our simulation results were as follows. The motor end cover suspension stiffness increases by 20%, the modal frequency increases by 2.3%, the quality increases by 3%, the biggest deformation decreases by 52%, the maximum stress decreases by 28%, the minimum safety factor increases by 40%, and life expectancy increases 50-fold. The results from sample and vehicle tests highlight that the component fracture problem has been successfully solved and the fatigue life dramatically improved. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle; power train; motor end cover; mount fracture; topology optimisation; fatigue test electric vehicle; power train; motor end cover; mount fracture; topology optimisation; fatigue test
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Guo, S.; Tong, X.; Yang, X. Shell Analysis and Optimisation of a Pure Electric Vehicle Power Train Based on Multiple Software. World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9, 49.

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