The midterm consisted of creating a modified Dragon spacecraft support bracket using parametric design and optimize the structure against a predefined load and mass requirement.
The attached drawing file contains all necessary dimensions, parameters, and instructions for the optimization of a simplified and modified Dragon support bracket. Model the part using correct design intent, add the necessary parameters to the correct references, run a static analysis, and optimize the part for minimum mass given a max VM stress design limit. The parameter values given in the drawing should be used as initial starting points for the static analysis and any sensitivity or optimization studies you run. Consider running a sensitivity study to help narrow the variable window and starting values for the optimization.
This is an individual assignment. You may NOT discuss your method, details, or answers with other students.
The optimization takes between 15 minutes to several hours in solve time depending on how the part is constructed, the mesh density, allocated resources, and parameter limits.
My solution was created in ProE WF 5.0 and analyzed in ProMechanica. In addition, I recreated the part in ANSYS Design Modeler and optimized the part using a static structural module linked to a parameter and optimization module.