The modern engineering design process includes computer software packages that require approximations to be made when representing geometries. These approximations lead to inherent discrepancies between the design geometry of a part or assembly and the corresponding manufactured geometry. Further approximations are made during the analysis portion of the design process. Manufacturing defects can also occur, which increase the discrepancies between the design and manufactured geometry. These approximations combined with manufacturing defects lead to discrepancies which, for high precision parts, such as jet engine compressor blades, can affect the modal analysis results. In order to account for the manufacturing defects during analysis, mesh morphing is used to morph a structural finite element analysis mesh to match the geometry of compressor blades with simulated manufacturing defects. The mesh morphing process is improved by providing a novel method to convert heteromorphic shape matching within Sculptor to homeomorphic shape matching. This novel method is automated using Java and the NX API. The heteromorphic to homeomorphic conversion method is determined to be valid due to its post-mesh morphing maximum deviations being on the same order as the post-mesh morphing maximum deviations of the ideal homeomorphic case. The usefulness of the automated heteromorphic to homeomorphic conversion method is demonstrated by simulating manufacturing defects on the pressure surface of a compressor blade model, morphing a structural finite element analysis mesh to match the geometry of compressor blades with simulated manufacturing defects, performing a modal analysis, and making observations on the effect of the simulated manufacturing defects on the modal characteristics of the compressor blade.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Yorgason, Robert Ivan, "Heteromorphic to Homeomorphic Shape Match Conversion Toward Fully Automated Mesh Morphing to Match Manufactured Geometry" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 6414.
mesh morphing, shape matching, homeomorphic, heteromorphic, modal analysis, manufacturing, manufacturing defects, automation