Port-Compatibility and Connectability Based Assembly Design

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Palwinder Singh, Bernhard Bettig

Michigan Technological University, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Houghton, MI 49931-1295

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 4(3), 197-205 (Sep 07, 2004) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1779659 History: Received December 23, 2003; Revised June 11, 2004; Online September 07, 2004
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“Top” and “Base” having low-level geometric entities as ports
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“Top” and “Base” having features as ports
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“Top” and “Base” having collected low-level geometric entities as ports
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Unlabeled ports on (a) “Top” (b) “Base”
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Ports labeled on the basis of geometry on (a) “Top” (b) “Base”
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Uniquely labeled ports on (a) “Top” (b) “Base”
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Ports labeled on the basis of male-female geometry on (a) “Top” (b) “Base”
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Uniquely labeled male-female ports on (a) “Top” (b) “Base”
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Possible configuration in a scenario where only one way of connecting is intended
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Possible configurations in a scenario where the same faces are used but multiple orientations are allowed
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Six valid configurations in a scenario where different combinations of faces are used in connections
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Part having non-identical ports
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Partial diagram showing domains and connections from the assemblies studied.
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Partial diagram showing the functions of the connections in the assemblies studied.
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Partial classification of connections by shapes-pairs of studied assemblies.
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Connectability label based on (a) Shape (b) Shape-pair (c) Constraints
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Partial classification of connections on the basis of shape-pairs
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Diagram showing non-connectable port constituents due to invalid port location
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Interference as a connectability factor
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Flange Assembly, (a) Exploded (b) Unexploded



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