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Knowledge-Based System for Supporting the Design of a Plate-Press

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David Potočnik

Emo – orodjarna d.o.o., Bežigrajska 10, SI-3000, Celje, Sloveniadpotocnik@siol.net

Miran Ulbin, Bojan Dolšak

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,  University of Maribor, Smetanova 17, SI-2000, Maribor, Sloveniaulbin@uni-mb.si

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 12(2), 024502 (Apr 12, 2012) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4006444 History: Received December 05, 2011; Revised February 27, 2012; Published April 09, 2012; Online April 12, 2012

This paper presents a knowledge-based system capable of giving the designer quality support when making decisions from the aspect of modeling the reinforcement of a plate-press within a position of maximum compressive load, and by choosing suitable material for the plate. Based on the selected combination of reinforcement and material, this system acquaints the user with the size and position of the largest comparative stress, and the greatest nodal displacement in the load-direction. This system operates based on the implemented knowledge of experts in the execution of design, material selection, and numerical analysis based on the finite-element method (FEM), which was written with the help of parameters within the knowledge-base of the CATIA V5 CAD -system. Using this system gives the user an opportunity to reach conclusions that are crucial for designing a plate-press or pressure-loaded die-elements, in general. The results reveal that the system can dramatically shorten design time and improve design quality in comparison to manual design process.

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Consecutive steps when developing a knowledge-based system for supporting the design of a plate-press

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Constituent components of the plate-press

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Experts’ suggested plate-reinforcement variations in the position of maximum compressive load and material selection

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Selecting plate-configuration from the knowledge-base (above) and the knowledge-equipped CAD -model of the plate (below)

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