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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSOM.2011.041988

Abstract

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.

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