Dariusz Lodwik, Jerzy Pietrzyk
Abstract. The article presents the development of a structure model and numerical analysis of the trailer frame assembly intended for transporting bales of compressed straw, which may be a potential source of cheap and ecological energy. The aim of the analysis was to minimize the use of construction materials (reduction of the total weight), simplification of manufacturing technology, and thus energy savings in the production and operation. The aforementioned aspects also play a key role in environmental protection issues. The digital models of frame assemblies were made and subjected to static strength analysis. The structure was evaluated in terms of strength, based on the calculations made using the finite element method. The distribution of simulation parameters in the area of the tested structure made it possible to partially optimize the load-bearing system of the trailer, due to the adopted decision criterion in the form of reduction of the total weight and simplification of the structure, while meeting the limitations resulting from the values of stresses, displacements, safety factor in the admissible range.
Key words: energy minimization, environmental protection, frame, model, MES