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Variation Simulation of Fixtured Assembly Processes for Compliant Structures Using Piecewise-Linear Analysis

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Michael L. Stewart


Kenneth W. Chase

Brigham Young University

Paper No. IMECE2005-82371, pp. 591-600; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Handling, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Materials Handling Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4223-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


While variation analysis methods for compliant assemblies are becoming established, there is still much to be done to model the effects of multi-step, fixtured assembly processes statistically. A new method is introduced for statistically analyzing compliant part assembly processes using fixtures. This method yields both a mean and a variant solution, which can characterize an entire population of assemblies. The method, called Piecewise-Linear Elastic Analysis, or PLEA, is developed for predicting the residual stress, deformation and springback variation resulting from fixtured assembly processes. A comprehensive, step-by-step analysis map is presented for introducing dimensional and surface variations into a finite element model, simulating assembly operations, and calculating the error in the final assembly. PLEA is validated on a simple, laboratory assembly and a more complex, production assembly. Significant modeling issues are resolved as well as the comparison of the analytical to physical results.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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