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Redesigning the design process through interactive simulation: a case study of life-cycle engineering in jet engine conceptual design

Kerley, Warren; Wynn, David C.; Eckert, Claudia and Clarkson, John (2011). Redesigning the design process through interactive simulation: a case study of life-cycle engineering in jet engine conceptual design. International Journal of Services and Operations Management (IJSOM), 10(1) pp. 30–51.

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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 lifecycle 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.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1744-2389
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Keywords: jet engine design; life-cycle engineering (LCE); process change; design process simulation; applied signposting model (ASM)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Design and Innovation
Item ID: 30535
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 16:47
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 02:03
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