Our senior capstone project involves building a test rig with a drop hammer to exite a fixture that will mount electronic components to simulate a pyro shock to them. We have creo avaliable at our school, yet we have no experience with simulate only with the CAD part of creo. To begin we don't really understand where we should start to be able to get some simulated results to improve our experimental model. I have a test plate fixture and we can do a static analysis using a pressure force to simulate the hammer impact, but I know this is going to be vastly different given a dynamic impact. I can also run a modal analysis, but only with a low number of modes, if I try to select a range of frequency simulate runs forever. I can also do the dynamic analysis and do the shock part, but don't really understand what its giving me.
So my question is, does simulate have the capabilities I need to be able to vary input parameters? (impact force, impact location, boundary constaints on fixture plate) In order to see what effect this will have to improve the experimental model. Im also not sure exactly what outputs simulate will give us? (an acceleration response of the fixture?) It would be nice if simulate would actually give you a Shock reponse spectrum given a certain impact? Our project goal is to be able to correlate the test inputs to the acceleration output and corresponding shock response spectrum. They would like a more systematic and efficient approach in lab testing to be able to know what input variables they have to put in to get the correct shock output they are looking for.
Thanks for the help.
Ive been able to make some progress I think. Ive got an mechanism analysis made with a playback where I drop my hammerhead onto my fixture plate using gravity, and 3D contact surfaces on the hammerhead. I go to use in simulation in mechanism, and select the fixture for the body and components and click ok to export it. I save it but when I go to simulate and try to load the load it says theres no loads to import for this part/assymbally?
Could you attach images or file your hammer impact system.
Here is a link, I don't see where I can upload a file. Its has 3 files which im assuming can be opened for each version of creo. The verison I have isnt compatiable with my school computers.
Let me know if that dosent work and I can get the file directly off the school computer. I think the shcools are Creo 2.0.
Anyway I dont have the full test setup we are going to use since we made it in a newer version of Creo and can't open it(or at least havent found a way to). I have the fixture plate as a part and just made a 20lbm hammerhead with a cylinder joint and 3d contact surface to fall 45 inches with gravity onto the plate.
Whether you can do this in Simulate depends on several factors:
The more information you can provide, the better. Since this is a school project, do you have a project proposal written up or part of your final report that documents the specifics of the system?
I can also run a modal analysis, but only with a low number of modes, if I try to select a range of frequency simulate runs forever.
A modal analysis determines the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the system; i.e. the nature frequencies of the system and the mode shape associated with each. These characteristics are critical for any type of dynamic analysis (as Simulate only does linear dynamics). A key part in ensuring accurate dynamic analysis results is preventing modal truncation, which happens when you don't capture enough modes in your modal analysis and therefore truncate off the dynamic response from these missing modes. How you determine the number of modes you need depends on the type of dynamic analysis, but a good starting point is for your highest mode to be ~4x greater than the characteristics frequency of your input load. You can also run a Dynamic Frequency analysis and look at a plot of maximum displacement as a function of frequency to ensure that the response of the system at the higher modes is significantly lower than the lower modes.
I can also do the dynamic analysis and do the shock part, but don't really understand what its giving me.
There are four types of dynamic analyses in Simulate:
Which analysis type you use depends on the nature of your input load and the type of results you want. As I said earlier, Simulate only does linear dynamics, so all non-linear effects will be excluded. Example of non-linear effects are:
So my question is, does simulate have the capabilities I need to be able to vary input parameters? (impact force, impact location, boundary constaints on fixture plate) In order to see what effect this will have to improve the experimental model.
Simulate does allow you to run sensitivity studies were you vary one or more parameters (e.g. geometry dimensions, load magnitude and direction, etc.) to generate a plot for certain results. However, these can be very computationally expensive to do, so it's important that you do as much work on your end with engineering judgement as opposed to just throwing it at the computer.
Im also not sure exactly what outputs simulate will give us? (an acceleration response of the fixture?)
It depends on the type of analysis, but generally speaking a dynamic analysis can give you displacement/velocity/acceleration/strain/stress/reaction forces and moments, as well as many other values as a function of your input or the total response to your input. Keep in mind that FEA is best when you know a specific result your after, as opposed to throwing a model at it and seeing what it spits out.
Our project goal is to be able to correlate the test inputs to the acceleration output and corresponding shock response spectrum.
Depending on the specifics of the systems, this should be very doable since all you're after is acceleration (as opposed to stresses).
I'll take a look at the CAD you posted. Additional information on exactly what you want to do would be very helpful.
EDIT: It looks like your Google Drive link only contains the assembly file; we'll need all the associated part files to look at your model. What you can do is create a fold in your working direction and then do a backup to that folder (File-> Save As -> Save a Backup). You can zip that folder and then upload it to Google Drive.
Thank you, this is really helpful. We have the resources but its hard to get the professors time to learn to use them. We use creo at school exclusively but we were only taught in making models and drawings, not simulation, so it would be nice to do as much as we can in creo. I would also learn how to use credo for other things in the process.
Anyway I'm using my phone right now, but pyroshocks can be 10,000Hz or more and last 50ms or less. So you can imagine acceleration vs time (from accelerometer) is pretty useless. Our sponsor has also said computaional methods have difficulty with this high frequency type of shock(tends to overestimate). We have yet to build a physical test setup but or objective first is to hold constant(swing amplitude, impact location, boundary conditions) everything accept one parameter. I would hope to use creo to come up with an initial experimental setup and then further iterate it from there. We hope to be able to match Shock response spectrum outputs(from accelerometer measurements) using predictable variable inputs to the test setup.
I will post up our documentation later, we are still in the first half and due to the complexity of the project our sponsor has extended to next years senior class also.
Thanks again for the help, I would be completely lost without all this.
Ive been trying to import the load set from mechanism to simulate, but its still giving me the error saying there are no imported loads from this part assembly?
Here is a link where I saved a backup. I also included the playback file where I simulated the hammer falling with gravity as a cylinder link.
I can output normal force when I define a 3D contact surface by measuring the normal reaction force of the impact plate by the hammerhead on the contact joint.
While this gives me info about the force over time (about 300kN peak over about 0.001s), its probably not particulary useful in any way. Im still having trouble using the mechanism loading in simulate. I use the dialog box to select the loadings from mechanism to extract the peak loading and go to simulate and try to use the mechanism loads, but it says there are not any defined?
Im hoping I can transfer the mechanism loading the simulate and maybe find the particular mode the plate is exited at given the simulated drop in the hammer in mechanism with all the mass properties defined?
As you indicate you Creo to school, it is a specific version and you can not open your files with professional versions.
Attached is a document that could interest you.