Design Optimisation for Compression Moulded Sheet Moulded Compounds

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This paper builds on previous work to show how using holistic and iterative design optimisation tools can be used to produce a commercially viable product that reduces a costly assembly into a single moulded structure. An assembly consisting of a structural metallic support and compression moulding outer shell undergo design optimisation and analysis to remove the support from the assembly process in favour of a structural moulding. The support is analysed and a sheet moulded compound (SMC) alternative is presented, this is then combined into a manufacturable shell design which is then assessed on viability as an alternative to the original.
Alongside this a robust material selection system is implemented that removes user bias towards materials for designs. This system builds on work set out by the Cambridge Material Selector and Boothroyd and Dewhurst, while using a selection of applicable materials currently available for the compression moulding process. This material selection process has been linked into the design and analysis stage, via scripts for use in the finite element environment. This builds towards an analysis toolkit that is suggested to develop and enhance manufacturability of design studies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 04 Sep 2015
Event32nd International Manufacturing Conference (IMC 32) - Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 02 Sep 201504 Sep 2015


Conference32nd International Manufacturing Conference (IMC 32)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Optimisation, Design, Composites


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