Title: Simulation and optimization of assembly processes involving flexible parts

Authors: Ching C. Hsieh, Kong Ping Oh

Addresses: Vehicle Synthesis, Analysis and Simulation Process Center, North American Operation Engineering Centers, General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan 48090, USA. ' Vehicle Synthesis, Analysis and Simulation Process Center, North American Operation Engineering Centers, General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan 48090, USA

Abstract: A method is described for the simulation and optimization of assembly processes involving flexible parts. The method, which can be applied to a wide range of assembly problems, combines traditional elastostatic structural analysis with techniques used to evaluate statistics of system with stochastic parameters. Results from an illustrative sample problem demonstrate the potential of this method in controlling the dimensional variation of the finished product.

Keywords: manufacturing process simulation; optimisation; elastostatic structural analysis; assembly processes; flexible parts; dimensional variation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1997.062067

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1997 Vol.18 No.5, pp.455 - 465

Available online: 29 May 2014 *

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