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Shock analysis of a CFRP drive shaft

The strength against shock events of a ship power unit including a CFRP drive shaft should be verified already at the design phase. The picture shows the structure of the power train. Link elements with elastic rubber sockets are used to compensate axial, radial and angular displacements.

A suitable FEA model of the drive shaft was set up to perform the shock analyses. Besides the CFRP, tube the FEA model includes in particular the link elements, the connection flanges and the hubs of the CFRP tube. Additionally, an MBS model of the motor unit and its bearings was included.

Several shock events were analyzed considering the rotation of the shaft. For each event the time-dependent displacements at the propeller and at the bearing base points of the motor unit were prescribed. In addition to the rotation of the shaft, the static drive torque was included in the ABAQUS/Explicit simulations of each shock event.

The results of the shock simulations show that the occurring stresses of all drive shaft components especially the CFRP tube are well below the allowable strength limits. Also the stresses of the link elements are well below the according strength limits.

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