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Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor 1

Gregory Odegard

Committee Member 1

Paul Sanders

Committee Member 2

Susanta Ghosh


Weight of a part highly affects the performance of a machine. This project is aimed at weight reduction of a differential case, which is one of the parts in the differential assembly. Originally, the project was aimed at reducing the weight of the differential case by 20%. 18.5% of that was completed before. So this project basically focuses on reducing the remaining 1.5% of the weight. Various software were used of which NX12.0 was mainly used for modelling and Abaqus 17.0 was used for the static analysis. Since the dynamic conditions were simulated in a static environment, some unavoidable high stresses regions were generated and hence, the obtained results were compared with the simulation of previous modelling to know if the new model is safe for the given conditions. This report covers the modification of the previous part model and the new analysis model and discusses the results obtained.