Redesigning the design process through interactive simulation: A case study of life-cycle engineering in jet engine conceptual design
Eckert, Claudia M
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Kerley, W., Wynn, D., Eckert, C. M., & Clarkson, J. (2011). Redesigning the design process through interactive simulation: A case study of life-cycle engineering in jet engine conceptual design. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSOM.2011.041988
Many aerospace companies are currently making the transition to providing fully-integrated product-service offerings in which their products are designed from the outset with life-cycle considerations in mind. Based on a case study at Rolls-Royce, Civil Aerospace, this paper demonstrates how an interactive approach to process simulation can be used to support the redesign of existing design processes in order to incorporate life-cycle engineering (LCE) considerations. The case study provides insights into the problems of redesigning the conceptual stages of a complex, concurrent engineering design process and the practical value of process simulation as a tool to support the specification of process changes in the context of engineering design. The paper also illustrates how development of a simulation model can provide significant benefit to companies through the understanding of process behaviour that is gained through validating the behaviour of the model using different design and iteration scenarios.
jet engine design, life-cycle engineering, LCE, process change, design process simulation, applied signposting model, ASM
This research was co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s Collaborative Research and Development programme (www.innovateuk.org), reference TP/2/IC/6/I/10292, and the IMRC Block Grant. We are also indebted to Dr. Michael Moss and all the other personnel within Rolls-Royce who supported this research.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSOM.2011.041988
This record's URL: http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/241996