Towards a simulation-based product process: SIMPRO research project final report

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    Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) are daily tools for designers, engineers, and researchers both in Finland and worldwide, but there is still unleashed potential in the computational approach. The mainly Tekes-funded 'public research networked with companies' type of research project, SIMPRO, focused on the efficient application of a computational approach in the whole product life-cycle process, from the concept phase design until the simulation-based condition monitoring of machines and simulation life-cycle management. The computational approach was studied on four different levels: 1)from the computational methods, tools, and systems point of view, 2)from the optimisation and computational analysis point of view, 3)from the simulation-based product design and engineering process point of view, and 4)from the simulation-based product life-cycle point of view. The research in the SIMPRO project was implemented from a practical point of view, applying the studied methods and tools to selected case studies. This approach provided valuable knowledge about the practical utilisation of the tools and methods and concretised the new knowledge. The objective of the project was to produce new research knowledge and to develop the existing and new knowledge intO an easily exploitable form in industry. The main conclusion of the project was that the computational methods and available tools are already mature. The bottleneck for fast progress in industry is in the application of these methods and tools, which would require further development and renewal of the processes. The potential for improving the product process using a computational approach is still remarkable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages112
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8379-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Technology


    • modelling
    • simulation
    • product life-cycle
    • design
    • engineering
    • optimisation
    • condition monitoring
    • data management


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