Playing with LS-DYNA

In 2016 the computer magazine c't in cooperation with the ADACcrashed the then new Porsche GT3 RS - namely the scale reduced LEGO® model. Consequently, some DYNAmore colleagues have asked themselves whether it is possible to do this virtually with LS-DYNA.

In 2016 the computer magazine c't in cooperation with the ADACcrashed the then new Porsche GT3 RS - namely the scale reduced LEGO® model. Consequently, some DYNAmore colleagues have asked themselves whether it is possible to do this virtually with LS-DYNA: Simply quickly mesh all LEGO® bricks, assemble the model on the fly and check the ADAC result in the computer - just because today it is so easy to do it. A variety of urgent tasks and the reverence for the sheer size of such a project made the idea fade into the background in the following months.

 

Up until Christmas Marko Thiele built a small crash test facility for his children for the Scale-LEGO® car. This revived the viral idea and over the Christmas holidays (and also between the years!) DYNAmore colleagues from Columbus (Ohio, USA), Versailles (FRA), as well as Stuttgart and Ingolstadt have been competing with each other by networking hundreds of LEGO® bricks based on publicly available CAD data. Who would get the most bricks networked in the shortest time? This globally distributed cooperation was coordinated by the simulation data management system LoCo of Scale GmbH. Accompanied by code additions from SCALE colleagues, the overall model could thus be assembled automatically from LEGO® individual building blocks successively and, above all, promptly.

 

Material models were calibrated in parallel in the DYNAmore laboratory, as were the contact settings for the actual clamping forces. Due to the parallel development, the model was ready after a short time and delivered robust forecasts. Only the model size was slightly out of line: Due to the many geometric features of the LEGO® bricks, very fine discretization was required, which ultimately led to a model size of almost 20 million elements.

 

With the trump card of an executable and within limits actually predictable finite element model of the LEGO® Porsche in our pockets, we contacted the editors of c't - with the result that we were given the challenge of predicting the result in a EURO-NCAP side impact. The second crash object should be the new model of the Bugatti Chiron. Of course, only a few dozen new LEGO® bricks had to be networked - the rest of the construction task was almost automatically done by LoCo. The total model size of the car-to-car crash is now around 46 million elements and made the next step necessary: In order to obtain results promptly, we had to and were allowed to switch to the machines of the High Performance Computing Centre Stuttgart (HLRS). This was also where part of the post-processing was to take place later in the Cave. Our best thanks to Martin Bernreuther for the professional support!

 

You can find the whole crazy story and the result in the current c't (issue 21). In issue 22 there is a real comparison to the LEGO® side impact test carried out by the ADAC-Techniktentrum in Landsberg am Lech.

 

You can find more information at c't and Heise.

 

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Lego Crash

 

Figure shows rendered simulation.

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