Masters Theses

Abstract

"This thesis is divided in two parts. In the first part, technical feasibility of implementing Friction Stir Welding (FSW) for automobile chassis fabrication is discussed using a case study. In the case study, Design for Manufacturing (DFM) principles are applied to manufacture an aluminum automobile chassis. Various DFM issues such as Tool Accessibility Issue, Joint Configuration Issue, and Fixture Support Issue along with relevant guidelines such as component geometry change and component elimination are discussed in the first section. Results show that more than 50% of the chassis joints can be welded using FSW technique. The second part of the thesis describes efforts to develop a web-based E-Design Tool for the FSW technique. The EDesign Tool accepts joint specifications from the user and generates a set of process parameters that may be used as process design guidelines by engineers and researchers who work on FSW. The E-Design Tool can serve as a useful tool for process parameter selection for designers, engineers, and researchers who work on the FSW technique"--Abstract, page v.

Advisor(s)

Allada, Venkat

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2008

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Design for manufacturing (DFM) methodology to implement friction stir welding (FSW) for automobile chassis fabrication
  • Design tool for friction stir welding (FSW)

Pagination

xi, 48 pages

Rights

© 2008 Harish Bagaitkar, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Automobiles -- Chassis -- Design and construction
Engineering design -- Case studies
Friction stir welding

Thesis Number

T 9425

Print OCLC #

312483890

Electronic OCLC #

276861995

Included in

Manufacturing Commons

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