Fraunhofer ITWM / Kaiserslautern / Seminar  /  May 18, 2024  -  May 20, 2024

Load Data – Analysis and Simulation

Dynamic loads occurring in the field play a central role in the development of mechanically stressed systems. A good understanding of the operating loads is crucial for a design with regard to functional properties such as strength and vibration behavior.

This begins with the measurement of operating loads under representative conditions. A statistical description of the loads takes into account the scattering of stresses during operation. With the help of analysis methods in the time, frequency and amplitude range (e.g. rainflow method), reproducible design loads are defined which have a quantified relationship to the stress in the customer's operation. These design loads – usually multi-dimensional load-time curves – are the input variables for both test bench tests and CAE simulations.

The task of FE and MBS analysis is to correctly map the force flows from system loads to bearings and components through to local stresses in the components. Today's simulation methods and computer performance also allow this for multi-dimensional transient load-time curves. In this way, functional properties such as vibration comfort and operational stability can be analyzed and optimized before a prototype is available for measurement. The CAE simulations also help to optimally configure component tests, shorten test times and simplify tests.