PARAMETRIC DESIGN OF ROTATIONALLY MOULDED TANKS & THEIR ASSOCIATED TOOLING

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    This work examines the use of parametric methods for the development of a range of plastic tanks. The tank geometries are used as the basis for the development of the moulds required for their manufacture thereby extending parametric design from the product development domain to the manufacturing arena. CAD models are developed for typical product geometries based on a family of vertical fluid storage tank designs from 500 litre up to 10,000 litre capacities. The tank designs are then used as the basis for the development of the tool / mould arrangement for each product. The parametric methods developed here are equally applicable to other rotationally moulded products where design rules can be established and executed for multiple product versions. The same approach can be applied to any CAD package supporting the use of a Macro editor capability. The results of this investigation show that the parametric approach is well suited for use to model product families with their associated tooling but its utility diminishes for bespoke / one off product designs or products with significant feature based differences between versions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages129-138
    Number of pages10
    StatePublished - 20 Jun 2018
    Event35th International Manufacturing Conference - Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 20 Jun 201820 Jun 2018
    Conference number: 35
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    Conference35th International Manufacturing Conference
    Abbreviated titleIMC35
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period20/06/201820/06/2018
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      Research areas

    • Parametric CAD, rotational moulding, tank design, tool design

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