Applying Software-based Optimisation Methods to Develop Heavy-duty Lightweight Structures
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Incorporating a range of optimisation methods into the development process paves the way to significantly reduce the mass of complex components subject to high stresses. Using various approaches in the development steps expedites the emergence of solutions that meet specifications and are technological needs; as exemplified by a heavy- duty pallet with a lightweight design.
Pallets — particularly the heavy-duty variant — are typically used day in day out without a second thought, despite the serious consequences if they fail. In the transportation and logistics sector, pallets safeguard loads and allow economic loading and unloading times. Where dealing with heavy static loads that exceed 1000 kg, a compromise has to be sought between the pallet dead weight and its maximum safe working load. In the extremely price-sensitive logistics sector, what counts is not only the fact that the lighter the pallet, the easier it is to handle, but also — above all — that the pallet can be purchased...