Digital assembly process design for aircraft systems

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dc.contributor.advisor Lockett, Helen L. Li, Tao 2012-07-25T14:59:09Z 2012-07-25T14:59:09Z 2012-01
dc.description.abstract The research described in this thesis concentrates on the development of an integrated assembly process design for aircraft systems. Assembly process design is one of the most important and complicated activities in aircraft manufacturing. Many solutions are suggested in previous research to develop process design method. But gaps are found in assembly process design of aircraft system in following studies. In this research, an integration approach which combined with product development philosophy, design for assembly method and digital assembly technology is proposed to solve the issues in the whole product development lifecycle. Three case studies from different design phase are used to examine the integrated process design method. The research results demonstrate that the proposed digital process design method can be used to develop manufacturing strategies of system assembly in early design phase, and improve the accuracy and operability of assembly instructions according to 3-D assembly process plans in detailed design phase. The product design also benefits from this method in terms of correcting design errors in the concurrent engineering process. A proposed process planning system framework based on lightweight CAD is developed in this research. The customized assembly representation of 3DVIA system illustrates the advantages of lightweight CAD when applying in shop floor. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cranfield University en_UK
dc.rights © Cranfield University 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright owner. en_UK
dc.subject Aircraft system assembly en_UK
dc.subject process design en_UK
dc.subject assembly simulation en_UK
dc.subject design for assembly en_UK
dc.subject lightweight CAD en_UK
dc.subject concurrent engineering en_UK
dc.subject 3DVIA en_UK
dc.title Digital assembly process design for aircraft systems en_UK
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_UK
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_UK
dc.type.qualificationname MSc by Research en_UK

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