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Low Cost Reconfigurable Jig Tooling and In-Process Metrology for High Accuracy Prototype Rotorcraft Wing Assembly

University of Nottingham-Richard J. Crossley, Svetan Ratchev
Published 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Reconfigurable tooling frames consisting of steel box sections and bolted friction clamps offer an opportunity to replace traditional expensive welded steel tooling. This well publicized reconfigurable reusable jig tooling has been investigated for use in the assembly of a prototype compound helicopter wing.Due to the aircraft configuration, the wing design is pinned at both ends and therefore requires a higher degree of end to end accuracy, over the 4m length, than conventional wings. During the investigation some fundamental issues are approached, including:Potential cost savings and variables which effect the business case.Achievable Jig accuracy.Potential sources of instability that may affect accuracy over time.Repeatability of measurements with various features and methods.Typical jig stability over 24hrs including effects of small temperature fluctuations.Deflections that occur due to loading.The cost benefit of reusable tooling in a low volume prototype scenario is examined followed by the design of the jig and location features to enable the accurate build and certification documentation to be completed. A prototype 4m test jig comprising of commercially available components and bespoke machined ‘pick-ups’ is presented.Hardware and…
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Optimization of Automated Airframe Assembly Process on Example of A350 S19 Splice Joint

Airbus-Elodie Bonhomme, Pedro Montero-Sanjuan
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University-Sergey Lupuleac, Julia Shinder, Maria Churilova, Nadezhda Zaitseva, Valeriia Khashba
Published 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The paper presents the numerical approach to simulation and optimization of A350 S19 splice assembly process. The main goal is to reduce the number of installed temporary fasteners while preventing the gap between parts from opening during drilling stage. The numerical approach includes computation of residual gaps between parts, optimization of fastener pattern and validation of obtained solution on input data generated on the base of available measurements. The problem is solved with ASRP (Assembly Simulation of Riveting Process) software. The described methodology is applied to the optimization of the robotized assembly process for A350 S19 section.
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Intelligent Real Time Inspection of Rivet Quality Supported by Human-Robot-Collaboration

PIKON Deutschland AG-Benjamin Duppe, Albert Schulz
ZeMA GmbH-Rainer Mueller, Matthias Vette, Tobias Masiak
Published 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Aircraft production is facing various technical challenges, such as large product dimensions, complex joining processes and the organization of assembly tasks. Meeting the requirements that come with large dimensions, low tolerances and small batch sizes, in combination with complex joining processes, automation and labor-intensive inspection task, is often difficult to achieve in an economically viable way.ZeMA believes that a semi-automated approach is the most effective for optimizing aircraft section assembly. An effective optimization of aircraft production can be achieved with a semi-automated riveting process for solid rivets using Human-Robot-Collaboration in combination with an intuitive Human-Machine-Interaction operating concept.While using dynamic task sharing between human and robot based on their skills, and considering ergonomics, the determined ideal solution involves placing a robot inside the section barrel. The robot’s workspace is expanded by mounting it on top of a lifting unit so that it can properly position the anvil. In the meantime, the human performs the more complex tasks of inserting the solid rivets and operating the riveting hammer from the outside of the section barrel.By implementing a…
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Simulation of Aircraft Assembly via ASRP Software

Airbus-Elodie Bonhomme
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University-Nadezhda Zaitseva, Tatiana Pogarskaia, Olga Minevich, Julia Shinder
Published 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
ASRP (Assembly Simulation of Riveting Process) software is a special tool for assembly process modelling for large scale airframe parts. On the base of variation simulation, ASRP provides a convenient way to analyze, verify and optimize the arrangement of temporary fasteners. During the assembly of airframe certain criteria on residual gap between parts must be fulfilled. The numerical approach implemented in ASRP allows to evaluate the quality of contact on every stage of assembly process and solve verification and optimization problems for temporary fastener patterns. The paper is devoted to description of several specialized approaches that combine statistical analysis of measured data and numerical simulation using high-performance computing for optimization of fastener patterns, calculation of forces in fasteners needed to close initial gaps, and identification of hazardous areas in junction regions via ASRP software.
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Stuck on structural adhesives

Automotive Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic, Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP09_02
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

As the need for lighter materials and enhanced body performance intensifies, structural adhesives flourish as a materials-joining solution.

A funny thing happened on the way to the total-vehicle light-weighting that's now a common engineering dictate for nearly every new vehicle: structural adhesives-which entered low-volume automotive use in the 1980s-got pulled into the mainstream.

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Torque-Tension Test Procedure for Steel Threaded Fasteners - Inch Series

Fasteners Committee
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J174_201908
  • Current
Published 2019-08-07 by SAE International in United States
This test procedure is intended to provide a quality control method for checking torque-tension characteristics of non-prevailing torque-type threaded steel fasteners 1/4 through 1 in nominal diameters. Realistically torque-tension relationships for specific individual fastener assembly joints will vary due to the different joint parameters. Tests using actual joint components will be required to determine accurate torque-tension values for those conditions. For the metric version, see SAE J174M.
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Impact of Dynamic Characteristics of Wheel-Rail Coupling on Rail Corrugation

SAE International Journal of Vehicle Dynamics, Stability, and NVH

Shanghai University of Engineering Science, China-Xiaogang Gao, Anbin Wang, Xiaohan Gu, Wei Li
  • Journal Article
  • 10-03-02-0009
Published 2019-07-02 by SAE International in United States
To gain a better understanding of the characteristics of corrugation, including the development and propagation of corrugation, and impact of vehicle and track dynamics, a computational model was established, taking into account the nonlinearity of vehicle-track coupling. The model assumes a fixed train speed of 300 km/h and accounts for vertical interaction force components and rail wear effect. Site measurements were used to validate the numerical model. Computational results show that (1) Wheel polygonalisation corresponding to excitation frequency of 545-572 Hz was mainly attributed to track irregularity and uneven stiffness of under-rail supports, which in turn leads to vibration modes of the bogie and axle system in the frequency range of 500-600 Hz, aggregating wheel wear. (2) The peak response frequency of rail of the non-ballasted track coincides with the excitation frequency of wheel-rail coupling; the resonance results in larger wear amplitude of the rail. The track lateral pinned-pinned frequency at 540 Hz contributes to the propagation of rail corrugation. (3) With wheel-rail contact friction coefficient of 0.3, simulation results of track lateral pinned-pinned frequency…
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Joining Gun Bonds Metal and Plastic in Seconds

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34612
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The connection of plastics and metals poses a challenge due to the different physical properties of the two materials. All conventional joining options, such as bonds using adhesives or rivets, have their disadvantages — adhesives need time to harden, which delays further processing, and plastics can be easily damaged during riveting. Furthermore, both adhesive bonding and riveting require additional materials that increase production costs.

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Fasteners - Part Standard - Cap Screws, Hex Bolts, and Hex Nuts (Metric)

Ship Systems - Fasteners Committee
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J2295M_201905
  • Current
Published 2019-05-10 by SAE International in United States
This SAE Part Standard covers selected metric screws, hex bolts, and nuts manufactured in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and SAE fastener standards. This document covers fastener materials often used in ship systems and equipment but its use may be applied wherever fasteners of the covered materials are used. This document permits the fasteners to be identified and ordered by a part or identifying number (PIN) as defined in this document.
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High Strength Elevated Temperature Bolting Practice

E-25 General Standards for Aerospace and Propulsion Systems
  • Aerospace Standard
  • ARP700C
  • Current
Published 2019-05-03 by SAE International in United States
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) provides general information on the design and installation of threaded fasteners in high strength and high temperature applications in propulsion systems. Some of the more common definitions of fastener terminology are also provided.
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