Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process for Design Optimization     New!

Reduce Mass, Lower Costs & Improve Performance with ACP Concept - A Holistic Structural Design Approach

I.D.# WB1402Printable Description
Duration: 4 Hours
Show Session Dates
September 29-October 1, 2015 (2 Sessions ) - Live Online

Today's transportation industries are facing multi-disciplinary challenges. The product design and development process challenges often contradict each other, for example cost, weight, quality and performance. A central challenge is the need for cost and mass reduction to compete in the global market, while continuing to meet all new and existing requirements for quality and performance. Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process is a performance-driven, holistic, product design development method intended to create a balance between structure and strength, synchronizing the individual facets of the product development process. It takes advantage of design, material and manufacturing experience using multiple CAD, CAE and CAO tools to reduce product design and development time and costs, as well as to reduce product mass and improve product performance.

This two-session web seminar will offer information for those who would like to start with the design of initial product structure from a general design space, a shape, or ideas available, or knowledge of design space and constraints. The instructor will show how you can use and locate the first initial load path (material) using topology optimization and special CAD tools. You will also learn how to generate your first initial pre-concept structure, with general shape of all necessary and required structures, based on your Load Path. As an illustration, the course will go through vehicle body in white (BIW) pre-concept development.

This web seminar is complementary to the Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process using a 3G Design Approach Web Seminar, but is not a mandatory prerequisite. It details how to develop pre-concept designs with topology optimization and size the components based on the material alone. The 3G course uses the design that is generated in this course, or any current design concept, and applies a holistic 3G design approach for the product system and details designs for sub-systems.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:

  • Explore Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process in today’s product design environment
  • Apply holistic key enablers for efficient design and weight reduction in the ACP-Concept process
  • Use Multidisciplinary Design (MD) Topology Optimization to solve design problems incorporating a number of disciplines and assess the material load path based on multidisciplinary loading assumptions
  • Generate and design the initial geometry of a design concept based on the topology optimization skeleton and early manufacturing requirements
  • Identify a Load Path Mapping (LPM) process

Who Should Attend
Chief engineers, product and design managers, principal engineers, program managers and lead design/CAE engineers will benefit most from this advanced course. A solid understanding of mechanical engineering concepts, as well as an understanding of CAD, CAE and design is required. Knowledge of Optimization software tools and capabilities is a plus.

Topical Outline
Session 1

  • Accelerated Concept to Product Design Process Methodology overview
  • Case study
  • MD Topology Optimization to create an ACP Design
    • The product design space based on styling and packaging requirements
    • Loads and constraints assumptions and the remaining factors and requirements formed around these definitions
    • Topology software and multidisciplinary load representations, including crash, stiffness, etc., for all major loads
    • Topology optimization evaluation
    • How to estimate initial geometry of a skeleton of pre-concept product design
Session 2
  • First Pre-Concept Design Based on Topology Skeleton
    • Geometry interpreted into a CAD model using engineering judgment and special software tools
    • Initial design targets based on regulations and corporate requirements
    • Performance evaluation of pre-concept structure based on initial manufacturing requirements
    • Load Path Mapping Process
    • Pre-concept CAD and CAE structure model are finalized to initiate Low Fidelity Concept Design (LFCD), Bill of Material (BOM)
    • Evaluate the first pre-concept design for major loading attributes (crash, stiffness, etc.)

Instructor(s): Akbar Farahani
Akbar FarahaniCurrently Vice President and Director of Global Engineering (US, EU, Asia) at ETA Inc., Dr. Akbar Farahani, has over 25 years of experience in product design, development and consulting for automotive OEMs and suppliers in US, Europe and Asia. Dr. Farahani is an expert in vehicle development, meeting requirements for US, EU and Asia (FMVSS, IIHS, ECE, ADR regulations) through design optimization and the use of advanced materials. He also has developed advanced expertise in the use of high strength steel, lightweight product design and load management solutions. Dr. Farahani has led the way in the development of ETA’s award winning Accelerated Concept to Product Process (ACP Process). The new product design development process based on CAE, CAD and Optimization received prestigious recognition as the winner of the 2009 SAE/MITEF Vehicle Innovation Competition. To date, he has published more than 50 papers related to product design, optimization, ACP Process, vehicle crashworthiness/safety, and vehicle durability.

Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access (at least 56K) and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, class session recordings, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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NOTE: The course presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who register by the deadline.

Multiple Seat Discount - 50% off more than one!

  1. If you participated in the SAE Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process using a 3G Design Approach Web Seminar within one year prior to the start date of this course and paid full list or member price, you may request a 50% discount off the list price of this web seminar.
  2. Register one individual at the appropriate list or member price, then register as many additional employees at half off the list price. To receive the discount, register all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first registrant. The offer is good for only the same web seminar and offering dates. All registrants will receive a personal account and opportunity for CEUs.
Discount applies to web seminar(s) of equal or lesser list fee. Registration by phone with SAE Customer Service is required to take advantage of these discounts.

Can't attend on the date/time above? The presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who are registered, regardless of availability for the live session. If you still need to cancel, transfer to a future offering, or designate a substitute, a full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to the web seminar start date. If less than 14 days prior, please contact SAE Customer Service to discuss options*. NOTE: SAE reserves the right to cancel web seminar and cannot be held responsible for related costs incurred by registrants other than the registration fee.

*Cancellation penalties may apply.

Fees: $415.00 ; SAE Members: $332.00 - $374.00

.4 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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