Optimization of a Crane Link Mechanism

Application ID: 18113

In complex mechanical systems, it can be challenging to find an optimal (or even good enough) solution only through engineering insight or trial-and-error procedures. Using mathematical optimization methods can then be an efficient path to a better design.

In this example, a link mechanism in a crane modeled in the Multibody Dynamics Module is optimized using the Optimization Module. The target is to reduce the cylinder force needed to carry a certain payload in a worst case operating cycle.

This example is a continuation of the model Truck Mounted Crane.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: