The most fundamental, and perhaps most important, task in the tolerance analysis of assemblies is to test whether or not the components with tolerances are actually able to fit together (called assembleability). Another important task of tolerance analysis is to check how the tolerances affect the quality or functionality of a product when they are assembled together. This paper presents the way the tolerance analyses are implemented by an assembly model, called the GapSpace model. The model can not only capture the necessary and sufficient conditions for assembleability analysis, but also transfers the functionality into the modeling variables (gaps). The assembleability analyses based on the GapSpace model for nominal components and those with worst case or statistical tolerances are introduced through an example. The problems of testing the quality of assemblies and calculating sensitivities are solved quickly and precisely using the model. The GapSpace model is more suitable for certain GD&T tolerancing methods than for parametric plus/minus tolerancing.
Applications of the GapSpace Model for Multidimensional Mechanical Assemblies
Contributed by the Computer Aided Product Development (CAPD) Committee for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received October 2002; Revised December 2002. Guest Editor: A. Desrochers.
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Zou, Z., and Morse, E. P. (May 15, 2003). "Applications of the GapSpace Model for Multidimensional Mechanical Assemblies ." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. March 2003; 3(1): 22–30. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1565072
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