To investigate the hypothesis of the newly designed garage door, it was necessary to engage the services of a specialist consultant door designer with extensive engineering experience. The consultant then undertook the following activities (without which there would not be the critical oversight and verification of the processes.)
1: Research and advise on suitable aluminium and their material properties. The section properties of the frame members and dimensions to be used in the frame, advise on the development of the new extrusions for the frame members.
2: Design the appropriate experiments/tests and methodology to observe and evaluate the test results for the critical corner stake design, the dovetail transom connector, and the interlocking mullion connectors.
3: Evaluate the test results and the associated materials properties engineering to establish the adequacy of the components in accordance with Australian standards.
4: Research and design drafting of fittings that do not require welding. Researched and designed drafting of clip and lock connectors that are machined from stock alloy or moulded from polyamide plastic. Researched and designed drafting of associated rubber seals. All this research required extensive consultation, draft design with revisions and modification based on observed results.
The Consultant was engaged at each critical step in the experimentation. In accordance with the design brief and in anticipation of a successful outcome to the core activity, the consultant was further engaged to develop a comprehensive Technical Installation Manual incorporating best practice in installation, safe work practice, risk analysis, together with supporting diagrams and related interactive Competency Test for Installers. Given the unique nature of the Facade Garage Door, its features and properties, this technical manual is required for the overall success of introducing the Facade Garage Door to the market.