Finite Element Analysis of Train Wheel Using Abaqus
This project was part of the coursework for a technical elective I took on Finite Element Analysis. The task was to optimize a steel train and wheel axle using the FEA software Abaqus, and to understand the inputs, outputs, and limitations of the software.
Using the results of the analysis I optimized the profile of the wheel iteratively. 6 holes were cut into the sides of the wheel reducing its weight by 0.37kg, and the profile of the wheel at its outer edge was redesigned to prevent yielding.