Durability Analysis of 3-Axis Input to Elastomeric Front Lower Control Arm Vertical Ride Bushing

Paper #:
  • 2017-01-1857

Published:
  • 2017-06-05
Abstract:
Tenneco is using fe-safe/rubber to implement fatigue analysis capabilities and workflows that offer unprecedented control over durability issues in development programs.  The implementation includes a new materials testing facility that can measure the parameters governing elastomer fatigue behavior.  Our lab measures the fatigue crack growth rate curve, crack precursor size, strain crystallization function, and cyclic stress-strain curves.  The measurement and computational capabilities are demonstrated here for a series of uniaxial, biaxial and triaxial load cases on a Front Lower Control Arm vertical ride bushing.  Abaqus was used to obtain the strain history for each load case, and fe-safe/rubber has been used to compute fatigue life and failure mode.  For each case, we present the results of fe-safe/rubber’s Critical Plane Analysis, illustrating the insights that the analysis provides in tracing the development of damage in the bushing.
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