The focus of this presentation is on materials modeling as it applies to product development and engineering, specifically, products operating in the marine environment. This includes how Brunswick/Mercury Marine currently uses and plans to use materials modeling and calibration to support finite-element analysis (FEA) of propulsion systems and hull structures. The range of materials include cast/wrought aluminums, composites, and elastomers. Throughout the discussion, you will get an understanding of the framework (structure) required (and the challenges) to getting high fidelity computational results across all scales and structures. To illustrate this, examples on strain-life fatigue analysis, and multiscale material modeling (micromechanics) along with calibration of traditional Abaqus material models will be discussed.
Michael Mihelich has 25 years of experience conducting stress and fatigue analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) applied to marine engines and drive systems. He is actively involved in acquiring material properties to support FEA in new product development programs. In an extensive test program, he led a small team to characterize the monotonic and cyclic properties of Mercury Marine’s cast Aluminum alloys.
He most recently developed a Strategic Plan for the impact of Additive Manufacturing (Metals) on prototype Aluminum engine parts within Mercury Marine. Mike has six patents on propellers and marine drive systems. While working in the DoD (USAF) he led multiple projects involving the design, analysis, and prototype of Graphite/Epoxy, Kevlar/Ep and Glass/Ep composite secondary structural repairs on the C-141, and C-130 aircraft for improved durability and corrosion resistance.
Mike received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Mercer University (Georgia), and a Master of Engineering in Engine Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Online registration ends Friday, February 7.