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An Automated Design and Advisory System for Pressed-and-Sintered Powder Metallurgy Parts
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Computer Supported Engineering Design.
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2008 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 8–12, Washington, D.C. United States, Princeton, NJ, United States: MPIF , 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present paper is to dissolve the bottleneck for PM market expansion caused by lack of knowledge among designers about PM-specific design principles by proposing an automated PM-part advisory system. The system, called PM-Wizard, checks that a PM-part design suggestion represented as any 3D solid CAD-model complies with the geometrical design rules and recommendations for PM-parts. The system consists of a rule-base hosted by a modern commercial CAD/CAE-system and a programmed algorithmic procedure that converts the design suggestion into a specially developed format. The format enables the automated evaluation of the PM-part in the receiving CAD/CAE-system informing the designer on how the geometry should be revised to facilitate the pressing. The conversion algorithm has been tested on a large number of PM-parts, and the result is that all the tested parts can be converted into the proposed format and successfully evaluated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Princeton, NJ, United States: MPIF , 2008.
Keyword [en]
Powder Metallurgy, Advisory system, Knowledge-based Engineering
National Category
Materials Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6558ISBN: 0-9793488-9-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6558DiVA: diva2:54403
Available from: 2008-10-16 Created: 2008-10-16 Last updated: 2009-02-16Bibliographically approved
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1. CAD-Model Parsing for Automated Design and Design Evaluation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CAD-Model Parsing for Automated Design and Design Evaluation
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Product development has both innovative and analytic sides. Starting from the requirements, a design suggestion is generated. In order to assess how well the envisioned design fulfils the requirements, it is sometimes necessary to build a computer model of it for the analysis. The overall motivation of the work presented is to reduce the time spent on creating the model by reusing knowledge gained from developing similar products by suggesting, building and evaluating IT-systems. To verify the systems real design examples, obtained from companies that have participated in the research projects have been used.

The work is based on two major application examples. The first, involving the automated geometrical idealisation of die-cast parts (Paper I-III), and the second involving manufacturability of powder metallurgy pressed and sintered parts (Paper IV-VI). The work starts from the point in the product development process where it exists a design suggestion represented as an arbitrary format CAD-model. In the powder metallurgy case the object is to secure that the geometry is suitable for the production process. In the die-casting case the object is to automatically create an idealised version of the model for shell elements meshing. These two tasks have previously been treated as two separate cases, addressed by completely different software. This thesis suggests a common method for addressing the two cases. The method is based on converting the CAD-models, using the geometrical restrictions of the production processes, into a format with a specialised feature structure, parameterisation and construction history using a feature recognition approach. The features are then automatically reconstructed in a target CAD-system. The resulting, specialised CAD-model can be used for automated design and design evaluation purposes, demonstrated in the thesis. The models are therefore called DAR (Design Automation Ready)-models. The DAR-models are useful in that they separate the conversion from the subsequent treatment of the models providing modularisation, flexibility and user insight in the model structure. In that a construction history and parameterisation have be constructed in the target CAD-system, the advanced geometry manipulation and means for knowledge management often provided in modern CAD-systems can be accessed in a transparent and user manageable way. This extends the usefulness of the CAD-systems from involving only interactive work to managing all components sharing the same production process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers Reproservice, 2008. 162 p.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, ISSN 0346-718X ; 2856
Keyword
Design automation, CAD, KBE, Feature based modelling, Feature recognition, Product development.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10700 (URN)978-91-7385-175-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-12-11, E1405, Tekniska Högskolan i Jönköping, Gjuterigatan 6, 551 11 Jönköping, Jönköping, 10:00 (English)
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Teknologie DoktorsexamenAvailable from: 2009-11-03 Created: 2009-10-21 Last updated: 2009-11-03Bibliographically approved

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