Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley

Pavol Lengvarský, Jozef Bocko, Martin Hagara

American Journal of Mechanical Engineering

Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley

Pavol Lengvarský1,, Jozef Bocko1, Martin Hagara1

1Department of Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Košice, 042 00 Košice, Slovak Republic

Abstract

Nonlinear analysis of the enclosure of the pulley is described in this paper. Three different materials were used for the enclosure. Polyethylene, aluminium alloy and titanium alloy were used for model of the enclosure. The enclosure was pressed on the pulley and this frictional contact with friction coefficient was used in nonlinear finite element analysis. The maximal von Misses stress of the enclosure was higher than tensile strength of the materials used for the enclosure so three different variants were proposed. The maximal stress level of the three new variants was smaller than the yield point of the materials.

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  • Pavol Lengvarský, Jozef Bocko, Martin Hagara. Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp 220-224. http://pubs.sciepub.com/ajme/3/6/13
  • Lengvarský, Pavol, Jozef Bocko, and Martin Hagara. "Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley." American Journal of Mechanical Engineering 3.6 (2015): 220-224.
  • Lengvarský, P. , Bocko, J. , & Hagara, M. (2015). Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 3(6), 220-224.
  • Lengvarský, Pavol, Jozef Bocko, and Martin Hagara. "Nonlinear Analysis of the Enclosure of the Pulley." American Journal of Mechanical Engineering 3, no. 6 (2015): 220-224.

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1. Introduction

The pulleys are parts of many engineering devices that are used in common practice. The pulleys work in different environment and accordingly they are made of different materials. The divided pulley consisting two parts is designed in our case and these parts are pressed together. The first part is pulley and the second is the enclosure. The enclosure from three different materials for the pulley was proposed by the authors. The enclosures were placed on the pulley (Figure 1). The maximal diameter of the pulley is and the maximal width of the pulley is The groove on the enclosure on of the pulley has dimensions: diameter and width

2. Basic of Nonlinear Theory

The computation of a stress and a deformation of structures in a lot of the engineering problems can be solved with the linear approximation. In linear simulations by the finite element method we use linear algebraic equations in form

(1)

where is global stiffness matrix, is resultant vector of load forces and is displacement vector of the whole structure [1].

If the relation between the load and the response is nonlinear, the structure is called nonlinear and the simulations are called the nonlinear simulations. All structures are nonlinear from different reasons, but we often neglect these nonlinearities and we use linear solutions. In some cases we cannot neglect nonlinearities and the nonlinear solutions are needed [1, 2].

We know tree basic types of nonlinearities: large deformation, change connectivity and nonlinear stress-strain relations. Nonlinearity due to large deformation is called geometry nonlinearity. Nonlinearity due to the connectivity change is called topology nonlinearity, which include failure of structural members and materials and change of contact status. Nonlinearity due to the nonlinear stress-strain relations is called material nonlinearity [1, 2, 3, 4].

In nonlinear simulation, the relation among nodal force and nodal displacement is nonlinear as shown in Figure 2 [1, 3].

In nonlinear cases matrix in the equation (1) is no longer a constant matrix, it changes with and we can this equation write as

(2)

The loading history in nonlinear finite element analysis is defined by time or small substeps. The loading history is divided to small time increments [1, 2].

Nonlinear equation can be computed for instance by Newton-Raphson method, modified Newton-Raphson method, line search, force convergence and displacement convergence [1, 2, 3, 4].

3. Nonlinear Analysis

The pulley and the enclosure were proposed from two parts. These two parts will be joined by the hydraulic press. Due to fact that the enclosure is stretched and shifted during pressing, the nonlinear analyses for the enclosures made of three different materials were performed. The nonlinear analyses were performed by the finite element program ANSYS [5, 6, 7, 8, 9].

The material properties for the both parts of the structure are given in Table 1.

The basic dimensions of the pulley and the enclosure are shown in Figure 3. The inside diameter of the enclosure is smaller than the diameter of the groove in the pulley.

The quarter model with symmetric boundary conditions (Figure 4) has been used for computations. The pulley was fixed (Figure 5) and on this pulley the enclosure was pressed. The frictional contact with frictional coefficients (steel-polyethylene steel-aluminium alloy and steel-titanium alloy was set [7].

Figure 5. The surfaces with applied boundary conditions on the quarter model

The mesh of finite elements (Figure 6) was generated automatically, but the contact sizing option was used for creating fine mesh in contact area and for the better convergence. Approximately 400 000 nodes and 190 000 elements were generated for the quarter model of structures.

The process of the pressing of the enclosure on the pulley in nonlinear finite element analysis is shown in Figure 7.

The results of the maximal equivalent von Misses stress were computed by nonlinear analysis. The maximal equivalent stress and was computed for the polyethylene, aluminium and titanium enclosure, respectively. The maximal stress is on the bottom part of the enclosure for all materials, the stress plots of the enclosures are shown in Figure 8 – Figure 10.

Figure 8. Stress plot of the polyethylene enclosure on the pulley
Figure 9. Stress plot of the aluminium enclosure on the pulley

These stresses in structures exceed the tensile strength of those materials so three new different variants of the pulley and the enclosure were proposed.

Figure 10. Stress plot of the titanium enclosure on the pulley

The arc edges of the pulley were decreased in the first new variant as is shown in Figure 11.

The arc edges of the pulley were removed and the small edges on the enclosure were added as is shown in Figure 12.

The third variant is almost the same as the second variant, but the groove is bigger so wider belt can be used (Figure 13).

The new nonlinear simulations with the same boundary, symmetric and contact conditions were performed for all modified variants.

The new computed results of the maximal von Misses stress for all variants are given in Table 2.

Table 2. Obtained results of maximal von Misses stress

Von Misses stresses of all new variants are smaller than yield points of materials. The maximal stress is on the bottom part for the all enclosures, the stress plots for all materials are shown in Figure 14 – Figure16. The maximal reaction forces for all variants are given in Table 3.

Figure 14. Stress plot of the second variant for the polyethylene enclosure on the pulley
Figure 15. Stress plot of the second variant for the aluminium enclosure on the pulley
Figure 16. Stress plot of the second variant for the titanium enclosure on the pulley

4. Conclusion

The pressing of the enclosure made of three different materials on the pulley was performed by nonlinear finite element analysis. The whole pulley was modelled from two parts. Steel was used for the pulley and polyethylene, aluminium alloy and titanium alloy, respectively was used for the enclosure. The frictional contact with friction coefficients was set during simulation of pressing. The enclosure is pressed on the pulley 23 mm for the basic model and the first variant, 27.5 mm for the second and the third variant. The computed results for the whole structure were higher than tensile strength of the materials used for the enclosure and the pulley so three different modifications were proposed. Only small changes of design on the enclosure led to improvement of stress states on pulley. All computed results of these changed variants are given in table. Von Misses stresses of all new variants are smaller than yield points of materials.

Acknowledgement

This article was created with support of VEGA grant project VEGA 1/1205/12 Numerical modelling of mechatronic systems and EU – OP “University science park Technicom for innovative applications with the support of sciential technologies” (ITMS: 26220220182).

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