Ankit Kapoor

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

First Advisor

Dr. Mitchel J. Keil

Second Advisor

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Third Advisor

Dr. Alamgir Choudhury

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Flexible hoses play an important role in safe operation of a transportation vehicle in automotive and aerospace field. Due to lack of accurate and efficient modeling techniques for such flexible elements with large deformation, most Computer Aided Engineering system do not address the problem in their solution methods.

In this thesis a method is presented to improve the geometric fidelity of flexible element models by using off-axis bi-linear stiffeners (spring) into a discrete linear beam model. Resulting deflection of a hose were compared with the digital scans of an actual deflection of the hose. Though the method is computationally expensive, resulting deflection of the hose accurately matches with the actual deflection, presenting a clear improvement over existing methods.

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