Application of ANSYS in Optimal Structural Design of a Clara Table

This paper outlines design optimization of Clara Table leg wall thickness using ANSYS software. A detailed finite element analysis of table leg assembly structure was undertaken. The applied load is according to BIFMA(Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association) standards. In the finite element analyses, contacts are defined between adjacent parts to represent real force transitions. The complexes of bracket geometries necessitated simplification for reducing finite element model size. The nonlinear finite element analysis can reasonably predict the structural response to the loading. The steps of modifying structure in ANSYS were highlighted to reduce deflections and stresses within permissible limits. The leg deflection was reduced by about 20%.

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