2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 17, 2015 3:08 AM by Jared Conway

    FEA on a bike frame with welds

    Scott Ziebelman

      I am making a bike frame for one of my projects class and my team and I wanted to run a simple FEA on it.  The only issue is I cannot create welds between the materials and the welments environment doesn't help much because they are custom profiles.  Any advice on how I should proceed?

       

       

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        • Re: FEA on a bike frame with welds
          James Riddell

          Hopefully you have modeled this as an assembly - that will make for fixing geometry for the FEA easier (IMHO).  I would proceed with a globally-bonded model and chase down high stress points with solid-modeled welds with an appropriate cross section.  Of course you will have to eliminate any interferences, small slivers and gaps prior to running this.  The first places I see you might have problems are with the cope fitting at the top (handle/connection?) and from the round tube joint to the square tube.

          • Re: FEA on a bike frame with welds
            Jared Conway

            look for the cosmos companion on weld analysis

            stay away from it at first and follow james' recommendation to start with everything as bonded in a weldment/beam analysis