Ford Motor Company’s North America Engine Engineering Organization has more than 100 CAD designers and CAE analysts in its Powertrain Analytical Design and Six Sigma (ADSS) department. This team designs all of the powertrain components, including the cylinder block and head, connecting rods and crankshafts, pistons, turbo chargers, and valvetrains.
Develop a robust cantilevered conical joint design, while minimizing cost and time in order to meet functional targets.
Using Abaqus for CATIA (AFC) for structural analysis and Isight for process automation and optimization, the engineering team at Ford is able to develop an automated Design of Experiments process to eliminate design inefficiencies and allow them to complete their analysis in four days rather than an estimated seventy days.
Utilizing AFC and Isight, the Ford engineering team was able to achieve their project goals in a fraction of the time it would have otherwise taken. Their initial time investment in completely automating the testing process will save them countless weeks of development time in the future.