University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:
DECOMPOSITION-BASED ASSEMBLY SYNTHESIS

The research project Decomposition-Based Assembly Synthesis aims at developing a method for the automatic synthesis of mechanical assemblies, via the top-down hierachical decomposition of product geometry. It has been successfuly applied to the assembly design of automotive body structures, focusing on several different design aspects: structural stiffness, in-process dimensional adjustability, and component modularity for part sharing. The project received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation of the United States.

In the prototype software implementation the LEDA  library has been used for representing and manipulating the topology of products subject to automatic decomposition driven by a genetic algorithm.

The research project is ranked among top 5 graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering in the United States.

Contact Details:  
  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro Saitou
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  kazu@umich.edu
  http://www.personal.engin.umich.edu/~kazu/research_topics.htm

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