Mesh control with FEM to characterize a mechanical joint in research and prototyping applications


  • Jesús Vicente González-Sosa Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo 420, Col. Nueva El Rosario, Alcaldía Azcapotzalco, C.P. 02128, Ciudad de México
  • Enrique Ávila-Soler Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo 420, Col. Nueva El Rosario, Alcaldía Azcapotzalco, C.P. 02128, Ciudad de México



Characterization, Finite element, Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, Computational simulation


One of the key features of mechanical seals is to achieve effective sealing between two mechanical parts to prevent displacement and coolant leakage in industrial applications. Currently most of these elements are produced using neoprene, compressed cardboard, tar paper, laminated graphite, so we sought to produce them using ABS and PLA materials. For the design we used CAD software with educational license intended for educators and researchers, then a finite element analysis is performed according to the specifications of the product. In this sense, the importance of FEM as an evaluation tool has been identified in the context of this trend of using innovative technologies for research. As part of the results, the data obtained allow the selection of both variables and physical properties of the connecting rod and can be used to develop projects and studies of this nature applicable in case studies related to mechanical, mechatronic, industrial and electronic engineering. Finally, the variables Factor of Safety (FS), Von Mises Stress (VM) and YZ Stress, are analyzed after simulation by FEM, providing a range of values for use in engineering applications with different techniques in which connecting rods are used, FS [ 0.55, 12.26], VM [1.63, 36.45], YZ [-1.36, 10.13]. As for the other results presented in this study, the correlation coefficient is used as a statistical part with graphs to evaluate the simulation, the dependence of variables and parameters relevant to the case study, so a strong relationship was observed between the variables; plane stress, deformation, displacement and Von Mises stress, whose values range between 0.87 and 0.99, showing a strong relationship between these variables and, for the others, it should be considered to improve the relationship and increase the coefficient.


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González Sosa, J. V., & Ávila-Soler, E. (2024). Mesh control with FEM to characterize a mechanical joint in research and prototyping applications. REVISTA DE CIENCIAS TECNOLÓGICAS, 7(1), e302.