The division of Product Development provides new methods and tools for virtual platform based development of sustainable and robust products, as well as product development processes in a lifecycle perspective, with focus on the manufacturing industry. The research is based on design methodology, mechanical engineering, mechanics, statistics, information technology and optimization.
The research at the division is conducted within three research groups:
Systems Engineering Design studies the design process and its participants in order to understand the problems and needs of product developing organisations. This knowledge is transformed into better work procedures, design methods and computer-based tools.
Geometry Assurance & Robust Design
deals with the challenge that geometry-related quality problems often are discovered too late in the product realization cycle. More efforts must therefore be made in early concept phases to virtually verify product and production concepts with respect to geometrical variation. The mission of the research group “Geometry Assurance & Robust Design” is to develop new methods and IT support to virtually verify the whole product geometry in early design stages.
Machine Elements deals with modelling and optimization of components and machines in industrial applications. The aim is to obtain well-functioning, competitive products. The research is thus problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and focused on customer value. Simulation, optimization and real-time control of processes and crushing plants for rock material production are of particular interest. The work of the research group involves developing algorithms, operator interfaces, and simulation and optimization techniques for optimal operation with an augmented degree of usage.