Elastic deformations of a thin component moved by a robot

11 February 2020
Oliver Bond

Many manufacturing processes require the use of robots to transport parts around a factory line. Some parts, which are very thin (e.g. car doors)
are prone to elastic deformations as they are moved around by a robot. These should be avoided at all cost. A problem that was recently raised by
F.E.E. (Fleischmann Elektrotech Engineering) at the ESGI 158 study group in Barcelona was to ascertain how to determine the stresses of a piece when
undergoing a prescribed motion by a robot. We present a simple model using Kirschoff-Love theory of flat plates and how this can be adapted. We
outline how the solutions of the model can then be used to determine the stresses. 

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar