Material variation is inevitable in volume production, especially the sheet metal thickness variation, which influences part stiffness characteristic. The purpose of this paper is to present a new variation model of compliant sheet metal assembly with consideration of material variation influence.
The theory of computational solid mechanics is used to obtain the relationship between part stiffness matrix and material characteristic. The method of influence coefficients is adopted to deduce the assembly variation model.
Material variation‐induced influence coefficients to assembly variation are obtained, and a variation model of compliant sheet metal assembly with sources of material variations, part geometric variations and fixture variations is presented. Analysis shows that material variation has an important influence to assembly variations.
A quantitative relationship between assembly variations and material thickness variations is firstly given and a new variation model of compliant sheet metal assembly is presented to help designers to more exactly predict the assembly variation and diagnose variation sources.
Yu, K., Jin, S., Lai, X. and Xing, Y. (2008), "Modeling and analysis of compliant sheet metal assembly variation", Assembly Automation, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 225-234. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445150810889484
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