Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Robinson,
Dr Emmanuel Matsika
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Modular design of products can effectively reduce product development cycle with the idea of concurrent engineering, the efficient management of module interface information in the design process is the premise and foundation for module sharing. This study aims to develop a methodology for interface information management in bus chassis modular design. The characteristics of module interfaces in mechanical design are first investigated by the comparison with Universal Serial Bus interfaces. A digital expression method is then proposed to describe the characteristics of interface geometry information using two matrices with mapping relationships. An encoding method is then developed for the interface information management in modular design. Finally, the implementation of the above method was illustrated with a case study of an electric bus chassis modular design. The results indicate that the digital expression method can represent the geometric information of the module interface precisely and provide a good foundation for the establishment of the modules database for the bus chassis. Novelty of the research is to provide a methodology to represent the characteristics of interface in mechanical design through digital expression.
Author(s): Peng Q, Liu S, Robinson M, Han F, Matsika E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications
Print publication date: 01/12/2018
Online publication date: 19/09/2018
Acceptance date: 01/08/2018
Date deposited: 21/09/2018
ISSN (print): 1063-293X
ISSN (electronic): 1531-2003
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Notes: Paper based on research collaboration between Xiamen University of Technology and Newcastle University
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