Manufacturing support is provided through analysis of forming and forging processes, fatigue analysis and buckling analysis including:
Cold forming, Hot forging, Rolling, Sheet metal forming, Hydroforming, Welding, Clamping, Springback, Fatigure Analysis, Cyclic loading, Residual strees/strain, Buckling strength, Random vibration, Tensile strength.
Additional support includes: Virtual test tracks, Component-level tests, Thermal effects, Suspension performance, and Chassis design
Simulation of the tools and forming process support manufacturing to avoid delays and meet delivery deadlines
Crashworthiness in heavy truck rollov-ers has been a subject of concern for decades. FRC has developed advanc-ed techniques for evaluation of heavy truck rollover occupant protection and the design of advanced compartment structures. Such designs maintain effective occupant survival space while taking into account restraint system effectiveness under rollover conditions.
Fatigue analysis ensures that parts created will meet performance specs and avoid field failures after extended use.
Buckling analysis identifies potential failures before parts are fabricated and that the parts created meet the performance specs thus avoiding costly and embarrassing failures in the field.
FRC has extensively reverse engineered the structural and material properties for parts and products ranging from aircraft seatback monitors and seats, heavy truck cabs and frames, passenger vehicles, glazing, concrete structures, composites, and restraint systems. The reverse engineered parts have been used for virtual testing under impact loading and occupant protection conditions as well as fabrication. A variety of techniques have been used including destructive and non-destructive methods with invasive and non-invasive approaches as applicable for a given system.
FRC has designed advanced composite structures for heavy trucks, aircraft seats, blast and ballistic protection using forged composite, s2 and e-glass, and carbon prepreg. Various fabrication techniques have been used including vacuum infusion and temp/compression methods.