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nTop Live: Topology Optimizing an Aircraft Elevator Bracket

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In aircraft design, every extra pound of material equates to reduced fuel efficiency and lower carrying capacities. Planes are filled with hundreds of hinges and brackets, making them an obvious target for lightweighting. However, it can be challenging to redesign these critical components without sacrificing structural integrity.

In this nTop Live, Yuki Okada, Technical Marketing Engineer at nTopology, shows you how to reduce the mass of an aircraft elevator bracket using topology optimization. First, he sets up an  optimization model by adding multiple load cases and constraints. Then, he shows you how to properly post-process the simulation result so it can be used to create a manufacturing-ready design.

Watch and learn how to:

  • Set up a topology optimization model
  • Post-process a raw topology optimization result
  • Mesh and export a part for manufacturing

Level: Intermediate

Industry: Aerospace

Applications: Lightweighting, Topology Optimization, Design Optimization

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