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Optimizing the Design of a Fuel Pod with NX and Maple

: Maplesoft AuthorSamir Khan
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A manufacturer has designed a fuel pod in NX.  The fuel pod has a hemispherical and conical end, and a cylindrical mid-section. To minimize material costs, the manufacturer wants to minimize the surface area of the fuel pod while maintaining the existing volume.

This application:

  • pulls the current dimensions of the fuel pod (radius of the hemispherical end, length of the cylindrical midsection, and height of the conical end) from the NX CAD model,
  • calculates the current volume of the fuel pod,
  • optimizes the dimensions to minimize the surface area while maintaining the existing volume,
  • and pushes the optimized dimensions back into the NX CAD model.

NOTE: To use this application, you must

  • have a supported version of NX installed,
  • load canisterOptimization.prt in NX (this is the CAD model of the fuel pod),
  • ensure the NX-Maple link works correctly.

Application Details

Publish Date: May 07, 2014
Created In: Maple 18
Language: English

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