Process Simulation and Automatic Path Planning of Adhesive Joining

M. Svensson, A. Mark, F. Edelvik, J. Kressin, R. Bolin, D. Segerdahl, JS Carlson, P-J Wahlborg, M. Sundbäck. Procedia CIRP, 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems (CATS), May 16-18, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden. Volume 44, 2016, Pages 298–303 (Online 11 May, 2016).


Adhesive joining is frequently used in the automotive industry. In the pursuit of reducing weight, adhesive joining is important due to the possibility of joining different types of materials. The process is often automatised in order to reduce cycle time. In this paper we aim to present a novel framework that includes detailed process simulation and automatic generation of collision free robot paths and in this way improve the quality of the joint and reduce both cycle time and processing time. To verify the simulations, the properties of the adhesive bead have been compared to experiments with good agreement.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Svensson1
  • Andreas Mark1
  • Fredrik Edelvik1
  • Jonas Kressin1
  • Robert Bolin1
  • Daniel Segerdahl1
  • Johan S. Carlson1
  • Per-Johan Wahlborg2
  • Mathias Sundbäck3
  1. Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics, Chalmers Science Park, SE-412 88, Göteborg, Sweden
  2. Swerea IVF, Box 104, SE-431 22, Mölndal, Sweden
  3. Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Car Sverige AB, SE-405 31, Göteborg, Sweden



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