Istrazivanja i projektovanja za privreduJournal of Applied Engineering Science


DOI: 10.5937/jaes0-48184 
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Volume 22 article 1177 pages: 171-183

Nicola Danzi
Brescia University (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Via Branze 38, Italy

Luigi Solazzi*
Brescia University (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Via Branze 38, Italy

Michele Cima
Brescia University (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Via Branze 38, Italy

Industrial wheels are heavily loaded components that undergo severe cyclic stress conditions. Thus, the design of the rims must include a wide fatigue study which articulates in laboratory and field tests, analytical and numerical analyses and comparison of the experimental and computational results. This paper presents the study approach applied in the study of a 25 in rim for earth-moving machines manufactured by Moveero. The rim was subject to a design update which provided the reduction of the thickness from 11 mm to 9 mm. We decided to study the interaction tire-rim because it’s a critical zone. The failures affected the area of the seat radius of the fixed flange of the rim, which resulted to be the most stressed part of the rim because of the bending actions of the tire on the flange. In order to deepen the cyclic mechanical behaviour of the component, laboratory inflation and rolling tests were carried out in Woodridge USA considering several combinations of inflation pressure and radial load applied to the wheel. The strain data from the tests were analysed to develop a reverse empirical model for the contact pressure between tire and rim. Once the load diagram applied to the flange for each test was estimated, FEM static simulations could be performed on a 3D model of the rim through SolidWorks Simulation. The stress fields obtained were then used for fatigue FEM numerical analyses which could return an evaluation of the predicted life of the component under several load conditions.

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The authors of this paper would like to thank engineers Bramè Giampietro and Mazzoni Alberto of Moveero company for the information provided for the development of this research.

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