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Tolerance-Maps Applied to a Point-Line Cluster of Features

[+] Author Affiliations
Gaurav Ameta, Joseph K. Davidson, Jami J. Shah

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Paper No. DETC2005-85115, pp. 497-507; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2005-85115
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Design Automation Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4739-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

In this paper, groups of individual features, i.e. a point, a line, and a plane, are called clusters and are used to constrain sufficiently the relative location of adjacent parts. A new mathematical model for representing geometric tolerances is applied to a point-line cluster of features that is used to align adjacent parts in two-dimensional space. First, tolerance-zones are described for the point-line cluster. Then, a Tolerance-Map® , a hypothetical volume of points, is established which is the range of a mapping from all possible locations for the features in the cluster. A picture frame assembly of four parts is used to illustrate the accumulations of manufacturing variations, and the T-Maps provide stackup relations that can be used to allocate size and orientational tolerances. This model is one part of a bi-level model that we are developing for geometric tolerances. At the local level the model deals with the permitted variations in a tolerance zone, while at the global level it interrelates all the frames of reference on a part or assembly.

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