Date of Award
Master of Science
Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Dr. Mitchel J. Keil
Dr. Jorge Rodriguez
Dr. Alamgir Choudhury
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.
Kapoor, Ankit, "Using Stiffeners for Improved Geometric Fidelity of Flexible Elements" (2004). Master's Theses. 1434.