Measurement Assisted Robotic Machining for Airbus

Measurement Assisted Robotic Machining for Airbus

The Advanced Low Cost Aircraft Structures (ALCAS) project, led by Airbus, sought to reduce both the weight and cost of airliner wings. Jody Muelaner was the Technical Lead for Metrology on this project. Interface Management A key area of interest was the interface between the wing box ribs and the upper cover. The cover was produced usingRead more about Measurement Assisted Robotic Machining for Airbus[…]

Review of Large Volume Metrology for Airbus NGCW

Review of Large Volume Metrology for Airbus NGCW

Introduction The Next Generation Composite Wing (NGCW) project is a £100M initiative led by Airbus to revolutionize aircraft wings in order to design, manufacture and test significantly lighter-weight and more eco-efficient aircraft. Jody Muelaner led a review of Large Volume Metrology Instruments covering instruments providing sub  millimeter measurement capabilities at scales of greater than 1 meter and typically in excess ofRead more about Review of Large Volume Metrology for Airbus NGCW[…]

Machine Design for Stenner Saw Mills

Machine Design for Stenner Saw Mills

Jody Muelaner has a wide range of experience in the design of industrial machinery. This has involved kinematic and structural design of mechanisms, chain and spur gears, pneumatics, hydraulics and electric drives. A number of designs for feed systems were completed for Stenner; the biggest name in sawmill machinery. Some examples of these are illustratedRead more about Machine Design for Stenner Saw Mills[…]

Design of Plastic Lighting Enclosure for GDS

Design of Plastic Lighting Enclosure for GDS

Jody Muelaner supported Global Design Solutions (GDS) in designing a new LED lighting product. This design was considered aesthetics, ease of use and ease of manufacture in injection moulded plastic. FEA was used to optimise the clip design. Concept Design Jody was asked to design an enclosure that would provide for the ready interchangeability of filters.Read more about Design of Plastic Lighting Enclosure for GDS[…]

Consumer Electric Heater Development for Electric Fires Technology

Consumer Electric Heater Development for Electric Fires Technology

Design Brief This development work began with a concept for a more realistic flame effect. Previous electric fires had used a light mounted behind ribbons which were moved by an electric fan. As the ribbons move they obscure the light and create flame like images on a dark tinted glass screen. This new concept wasRead more about Consumer Electric Heater Development for Electric Fires Technology[…]

FEA Failure Analysis of Pressure Vessel

FEA Failure Analysis of Pressure Vessel

Customer Profile and Brief CypherCo are a manufacturer of specialist fluid transfer products for the beverage and agro-chemical industries world-wide. I was contracted to determine cause of failure on a moulded plastic cask under a 1 Bar internal pressure loading. Problem Solution Stresses acting on the barrel under an internal pressure loading were investigated using both finite element andRead more about FEA Failure Analysis of Pressure Vessel[…]

FEA Contact Analysis of Biomedical Device for SRA Developments

FEA Contact Analysis of Biomedical Device for SRA Developments

Analysis Brief SRA Developments are a leading innovator of ultrasonic medical devices. I carried out a detailed non-linear 3D surface contact Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for an assembly of titanium and glass fibre reinforced nylon parts. An initial prototype for a new part had been produced by stereolithography, this part was not able to withstand the stresses incurred duringRead more about FEA Contact Analysis of Biomedical Device for SRA Developments[…]

CFD Combustion Model for Yeoman Stoves

CFD Combustion Model for Yeoman Stoves

I carried out computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of the combustion process in a gas stove for Yeoman Stoves. This company constructs domestic gas stoves and originated the ‘balanced flue’ design which virtually eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and increases efficiency. In a conventional design combustion actually causes cold air to be drawn into the building, inRead more about CFD Combustion Model for Yeoman Stoves[…]