At the request of Volvo Aero Corporation, Sweden, this thesis explores the possibilities of automating the report generation procedure for fatigue analysis of aerospace components and in particular, jet engine components.
Managers at Volvo Aero Corporation (VAC) noted that generating analysis reports of this nature required a large number of man-hours, and experience to produce quality reports. In business terms, such a result is cost ineffective and therefore poses a problem.
This thesis adds to previous work and implements a level system that reduces both the amount of hours spent by the engineer and the experience of the engineer required to produce analysis reports of high quality and rich in structure. The resulting system is based on up-to-date web technology to assemble data structures and store report information.
The solution proved to be useful in three major areas. Firstly, it solved the initial problem. The experience and time required by an engineer to produce quality reports was diminished. This is due to the fact that the engineer is guided through the reporting process. Secondly, it solved another problem: automatically generating computational input files. These files consist of program commands and are used by the engineer in computational analysis programs. Finally, the system can be used as a virtual community. Engineers can share analysis information and files across a large network within the company.