A long-term initiative at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is advancing the automotive engineering graduate research and education program. Called "Deep Orange," this framework immerses students in automotive engineering master’s and doctoral degree programs in the world of a future OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and supplier.
As part of the 3rd Deep Orange vehicle project, it was decided to engineer, build, and showcase the load bearing structure of the Body-in-White (BiW) based on a novel technology of sheet metal folding developed by Industrial Origami. The approach chosen eliminates metal stamping and high capital investments such as dies and molding presses. The engineering of the BiW involved defining design relevant load cases (such as frontal/side/rear impact and static/dynamic stiffness properties), developing a topology to transfer the loads throughout the BiW, creating design space for occupants, chassis and powertrain components and conduct functional analyses of the BiW in terms of stiffness. This presentation details how Altair HyperMesh, RADIOSS, and HyperView were used for many aspects of this project.