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Using Adams/Durability - MD Adams 2010

Using Adams/Durability - MD Adams 2010

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1Welcome to Adams/Durability
Welcome to Adams/Durability
Introduction to Adams/Durability
Introduction to Adams/Durability
Adams/Durability, part of the MD Adams 2010
suite of software, extends the traditional test-baseddurability design process into the virtual world. With Adams/Durability, you can simulate a durabilityduty cycle and write out component load histories in or formats and drive a durability test rig usingoutput data in
. You can visualize stress or detect hot spots in flexible or rigid components, and you can improve component design by interfacing with fatigue life prediction programs.Some of the features of Adams/Durability are available as a demand-loaded library (DLL), while the restare available as a plugin to the various Adams interface or vertical products, such as Adams/View,Adams/PostProcessor, and Adams/Car.
How You Benefit from Using Adams/Durability
Adams/Durability enables you to work faster and smarter, letting you easily interface with durability testmachines using the
, and with fatigue life calculation programs using
, or withan FEA program for stress recovery.You benefit from using Adams/Durability in the following ways:
Shortens your development cycle, reducing costly durability testing.
Reduces disk space requirements and improves performance by providing direct file input andoutput in RPC III and DAC formats. For example, when you perform a 25-second Adamssimulation with 300 channels of data, sampled at a rate of 409.6 points per second, to capture adurability event, the Adams
s are approximately 48 MB, whereas the RPC III file isonly 6 MB.
Provides access to the system-level simulation capabilities of Adams/View, or vertical products,such as Adams/Car.
Provides access to dynamic stress recovery methods using NASTRAN or ANSYS.
Performs modal stress recovery of flexible bodies.
Provides access to component life prediction using MSC.Fatigue or FE-Fatigue.
Using Adams/Durability On Demand
The Adams/Durability installation includes a library that is compatible with most of the Adams products,including Adams/View, Adams/PostProcessor, Adams/Solver, and the vertical product solvers such asAdams/Car Solver. This library provides the DAC and RPC III file capabilities of Adams/Durability. Itis demand-loaded automatically by the various products when you use a feature of Adams/Durability thatrequires this library; therefore, you do not need to know how to access this library.With the Adams/Durability demand-loaded library, you can simulate a durability duty cycle in Adamsand write out component load histories in RPC III and DAC formats. For example, you can simulate avirtual test rig where actuator inputs like spindle loads are taken from field measurements and stored in
3Welcome to Adams/Durability
Introduction to Adams/Durability
the RPC III format. Then, you can write out component load histories in DAC format for subsequentcomponent durability testing or fatigue life prediction.You can perform the following with DAC or RPC III files:
Browse the files for header information, such as number of time steps, sample rate, number of channels, channel names, channel maximums, and channel minimums.
Plot the time history data.
Filter, integrate, or transform the sampled data.
Drive or excite Adams models with the data.
Interpolate the channel data by cubic splines.
Loading the Adams/Durability Plugin
The Adams/Durability plugin gives you access to the various stress recovery techniques in Adams, andinterfaces to NASTRAN, ANSYS, FE-Fatigue, and MSC.Fatigue. This plugin is available in most of theAdams interface or vertical products, such as Adams/View, Adams/PostProcessor, Adams/Car, andAdams/Driveline.
To load the Adams/Durability plugin:
1.Start one of the Adams interface or vertical products.2.From the
menu, select
Plugin Manager
.3.Select the
checkbox next to
.This creates the Durability menu, adds various stress and strain Plot Type menu options for theContours tab in Adams/PostProcessor, and adds several functions to the Misc. Functions categoryin the Adams/View Function Builder, such as LIFE, MAX_STRESS, HOT_SPOTS, andTOP_SPOTS.
To unload the Adams/Durability plugin:
1.From the
menu, select
Plugin Manager
.2.Clear the
checkbox next to

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