Logical Knowledge-based Advanced Cost Estimation Methodology (LKACEM) Applied to Metal Matrix Composite Aero-Engine Blisk

Thakur, Nikhil and Raju, Pathmeswaran and Krzyzanowski, Michal and Chinchapatnam, Phani (2018) Logical Knowledge-based Advanced Cost Estimation Methodology (LKACEM) Applied to Metal Matrix Composite Aero-Engine Blisk. International Journal of Computer Science and Technology, 9 (2). pp. 53-65. ISSN 0976-8491 (Online); 2229-4333 (Print)

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Abstract

Cost estimation is an important activity for advanced understanding of product/process knowledge that is used to plan activities accordingly. For composite material parts, choices of materials and their methods of manufacturing are broad and thus complexity is high. Design is complex too involving tight tolerances leading to need of a new and advanced costing system. Proper knowledge management followed by improving the current cost estimation methods is a viable solution. This paper proposes a logical knowledge-based advanced cost estimation methodology that uses a mathematical set theory-based knowledge management system designed by utilising a generic product life-cycle for Knowledge Information & Data collection. This acquired KID is represented as parent sets, subsets and elements. The knowledge structure so created is coupled to a mixed method of cost estimation for developing logical advanced cost estimation system that can be used for both composite and conventional costing. Standard rules governing the parameters of cost and their relationships with the knowledge base is included in this methodology as a part of logical layer which interacts with other layers to form a reliable cost estimate. This methodology is then applied to develop a factory cost model for an aero-engine blisk design made up of metal matrix composite. This is done by using both simple and advanced software tools. Finally the outcome from these softwares are analysed by comparison study. The comparison is shown graphically for machining, material and overall cost parameters as a difference in their output cost values. As an outcome it is proved that the methodology is flexible for use with different softwares, is capable of reliable estimates, is less complex and thus can be used for cost estimation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H400 Aerospace Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
REF UoA Output Collections > REF 2021 UoA12: Engineering
Depositing User: Michal Krzyzanowski
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 07:10
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2018 07:19
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6097

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