Coupled Thermal-Mechanical Simulation of the Ski Manufacturing Process

This presentation was made at the 2019 NAFEMS World Congress in Quebec Canada

Resource Abstract

This paper presents a novel simulation model for ski manufacturing which was developed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as part of a research project together with the company Stöckli Swiss Sports AG. The goal was to simulate the complete heating-press process by means of FEM simulations. Skis are quasi-symmetrical multilayer composites, bonded by an adhesive. Since the adhesive curing depends on heat and pressure, the skis are heat-pressed. This production step gives the ski its shape and stiffness, and thus determines the characteristics and the quality of a ski. The proper modeling of the curing process is an essential part in simulating the complete process. The focus is therefore on the simulation of the curing behavior of the adhesive and the development of a curing-contact model.

The simulation of the heat-press process consists of three steps, conducted with ANSYS Mechanical. A transient thermal simulation of the ski generates the nonstationary temperature field, including the surrounding press bed. Depending on the temperature change, position and time, the calculation of the adhesive curing behavior is computed in a separate intermediate step, performed with ANSYS APDL commands. In a concluding nonlinear static-mechanical simulation, the heat-press process is simulated using the temperature field, the curing behavior of the adhesive and other parameters, resulting in the final shape of the ski and the residual stresses. The successful validation of the temperature field, the deflection curve and the bending stiffness by measurements emphasize the level of maturity of the developed ski model. The simulation model generates major insights. Critical zones in the ski and press bed can be identified. The greatest potential is in the large number of possible parameter studies for all kinds of geometry and process parameters. The use of simulation in the development of new skis and processes in manufacturing can save costs by requiring significantly fewer physical prototypes. Furthermore, such models help to explore the effectiveness of completely new and unconventional approaches in ski design.

Document Details

AuthorHauenstein. G
Date 18th June 2019
OrganisationHochschule Luzern


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