A novel design procedure for tractor clutch fingers by using optimization and response surface methods


DOĞAN O., KARPAT F., Yuce C., KAYA N., YAVUZ N., Sen H.

JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.30, no.6, pp.2615-2625, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12206-016-0522-x
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2615-2625
  • Keywords: Clutch, Response surface method, Shape optimization, Topology optimization, SHAPE OPTIMIZATION, TOPOLOGY

Abstract

This paper presents a methodology for re-designing a failed tractor transmission component subjected to cyclic loading. Unlike other vehicles, tractors cope with tough working conditions. Thus, it is necessary to re-design components by using modern optimization techniques. To extend their service life, we present a design methodology for a failed tractor clutch power take-off finger. The finger was completely re-designed using topology and shape optimization approach. Stress-life based fatigue analyses were performed. Shape optimization and response surface methodology were conducted to obtain optimum dimensions of the finger. Two design parameters were selected for the design of experiment method and 15 cases were analyzed. By using design of the experiment method, three responses were obtained: Maximum stresses, mass, and displacement depending on the selected the design parameters. After solving the optimization problem, we achieved a maximum stress and mass reduction of 14% and 6%, respectively. The stiffness was improved up to 31.6% compared to the initial design.