Cable Shovel Dynamic Modeling for Determining Component Cycle Stress


This paper presents a virtual prototype for the stress analysis of cable shovel components based on combination of flexible and rigid body approach. The general mechanical system of the cable shovel is modeled as a multi-body system with rigid and flexible bodies. The relevant theories applied for the dynamic model are described in terms of Lagrangian multi-body dynamics and finite element method. A virtual prototype of the cable shovel is built in the Automatic Dynamic Analysis Mechanical System (ADAMS) environment, which allows visualizing the motion of general mechanical system and analyzing the dynamic stress of structural components of the cable shovel. An example is given to perform dynamic stress of durability analysis for the boom and handle. Allention of this study is devoted to the mechanisms of damage of the cable shovel and also the critical high stress areas.

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2009 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and Colorado Mining Association's 111th National Western Mining Conference (2009: Feb. 22-25, Denver, CO)


Mining Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Cable Shovel; Dynamic Mechanical Analysis; Stress Virtualization; Virtual Prototype Simulation; Von Mises Stress Model

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Article - Conference proceedings

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© 2009 Society of Manufacturing Engineers, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

25 Feb 2009

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