An optimal design system for spot welding locations

Soo Won Chae, Ki Youn Kwon, Tae Soo Lee

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An optimal design system using adaptive meshes for spot welding locations in shell structures has been developed. In order to find out the optimal spot welding locations, iterative finite element analysis is necessary. The optimization process also requires that every mesh employed should be as uniform as possible in its quality. For this purpose an h-version of adaptive meshing scheme based on a background mesh has been proposed. The background meshes ares constructed with quadrilateral elements on three-dimensional surfaces by using a domain decomposition method. Sample problems are solved to demonstrate the effectiveness and capability of the developed system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-294
Number of pages18
JournalFinite Elements in Analysis and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan


  • Adaptive meshes
  • Finite element analysis
  • Optimal design
  • Shell structures
  • Spot welding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Applied Mathematics


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