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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 4959632, 11 pages
Research Article

Finite Element Analysis and Lightweight Optimization Design on Main Frame Structure of Large Electrostatic Precipitator

Shanxi Key Laboratory of Fully Mechanized Coal Mining Equipment, College of Mechanical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xuewen Wang; moc.361@weuxw

Received 10 October 2017; Revised 2 November 2017; Accepted 6 November 2017; Published 8 January 2018

Academic Editor: Antonio Gilson Barbosa de Lima

Copyright © 2018 Xuewen Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The geometric modeling and finite element modeling of the whole structure of an electrostatic precipitator and its main components consisting of top beam, column, bottom beam, and bracket were finished. The strength calculation was completed. As a result, the design of the whole structure of the electrostatic precipitator and the main components were reasonable, the structure was in a balance state, its working condition was safe and reliable, its stress variation was even, and the stress distribution was regular. The maximum von Mises stress of the whole structure is 20.14 MPa. The safety factor was large, resulting in a waste of material. An optimization mathematical model is established. Using the ANSYS first-order method, the dimension parameters of the main frame structure of the electrostatic precipitator were optimized. After optimization, more reasonable structural design parameters were obtained. The model weight is 72,344.11 kg, the optimal weight is 49,239.35 kg, and the revised weight is 53,645.68 kg. Compared with the model weight, the optimal weight decreased by 23,104.76 kg and the objective function decreased by 31.94%, while the revised weight decreased by 18,698.43 kg and the objective function decreased by 25.84%.