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Title: Intelligent conceptual mould layout design system (ICMLDS) : innovation report
Author: Chan, Wai Man Ivan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 6968
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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Family Mould Cavity Runner Layout Design (FMCRLD) is the most demanding and critical task in the early Conceptual Mould Layout Design (CMLD) phase. Traditional experience-dependent manual FCMRLD workflow results in long design lead time, non-optimum designs and costs of errors. However, no previous research, existing commercial software packages or patented technologies can support FMCRLD automation and optimisation. The nature of FMCRLD is non-repetitive and generative. The complexity of FMCRLD optimisation involves solving a complex two-level combinatorial layout design optimisation problem. This research first developed the Intelligent Conceptual Mould Layout Design System (ICMLDS) prototype based on the innovative nature-inspired evolutionary FCMRLD approach for FMCRLD automation and optimisation using Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Shape Grammar (SG). The ICMLDS prototype has been proven to be a powerful intelligent design tool as well as an interactive design-training tool that can encourage and accelerate mould designers’ design alternative exploration, exploitation and optimisation for better design in less time. This previously unavailable capability enables the supporting company not only to innovate the existing traditional mould making business but also to explore new business opportunities in the high-value low-volume market (such as telecommunication, consumer electronic and medical devices) of high precision injection moulding parts. On the other hand, the innovation of this research also provides a deeper insight into the art of evolutionary design and expands research opportunities in the evolutionary design approach into a wide variety of new application areas including hot runner layout design, ejector layout design, cooling layout design and architectural space layout design.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Luen Shing Tools Ltd.
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Eng.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TP Chemical technology