Advanced Manufacturing Processes Sample Projects
Machined surface temperature sensor for data-based hard turning tooling management
Tool-foil thermocouple calibration
Cylindricity error analysis to move beyond trial and error and reduce ramp-up time
To identify error sources for cylindricity in finish cylinder boring process, data from multiple sources (design, process, and inspection) needed to be unified and analyzed. This study established a comprehensive cylindricity error prediction and data processing methodology in finish cylinder boring with pioneering inclusion of spindle error data as a dominant factor. Such methodology is implemented at Ford for shortening the ramp-up time of modified engine block designs.
Finish boring experimental setup
CMM scan result
Error Sources Analyzed:
Data Unification and Error Source Identification:
Harmonic analysis of CMM data
Cylindricity error source identification result
Thermal modelling of friction stir extrusion process
Friction stir extrusion process could extrude lightweight metallic tubing that enhances mechanical and metallurgical properties with respect to traditionally extruded tubular products, critical for lightweight material structures like automotive frames and marine hear exchanger tubes. In a collaborative project led by Lockheed Martin under Manufacturing USA Institute LIFT, pioneering work on experimental temperature monitoring and finite element thermal modelling of the newly developed friction stir extrusion process were conducted.