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:
however, additional products may be required to completely define and model it. Furthermore, this example may also be defined and modeled using components from the following product combinations:
- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- Multibody Dynamics Module and
- Optimization Module and
- Structural Mechanics Module
The combination of COMSOL® products required to model your application depends on several factors and may include boundary conditions, material properties, physics interfaces, and part libraries. Particular functionality may be common to several products. To determine the right combination of products for your modeling needs, review the Specification Chart and make use of a free evaluation license. The COMSOL Sales and Support teams are available for answering any questions you may have regarding this.