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METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING SUITABLE COMPONENTS FOR FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION – FOCUSING ON GEOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS

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Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2021), page 2047 - 2056. (2021)
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.466

Abstract

The approach of functional integration has the potential to solve challenges regarding lightweight design and resource efficiency since the number of parts and therefore the weight and needed installation space can be reduced. One important step in developing integrative concepts is the pre-selection of suitable functions or components. Previous methods of pre-selection take various aspects into account. However, pre-selection based on these methods usually requires additional tables and forms, whose preparation and editing quickly becomes time-consuming. At the same time, most of the development engineers are working on CAD models. However, their use in the selection of suitable integration partners is not yet supported sufficiently. The development of more than 80 concepts on five different vehicles has shown that the consideration of geometric properties (position, orientation, size) is effective, as they can be identified with minimal analysis effort while working on CAD. In this paper a four-step procedure is presented how integration partners can be identified directly on the basis of CAD models. A following evaluation with development engineers in practice completes the research.

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