Projects

Ongoing

  • CASTT – Center for Automotive Systems Technologies and Testing
    • Through the Center for Automotive Systems Technologies and Testing, Luleå University of Technology aims to first of all support automotive winter testing in Northern Sweden. This means to support the local automotive test entrepreneurs and through them their customers: the car manufacturers and their suppliers. To succeed in this task, the center relies on the university’s areas of leading research and most importantly on the cooperation between those areas.
    • CASTT 1 – REMOTE VEHICLE DYNAMICS : This project explores new ways of using vehicle dynamics during winter testing. The goal is new or developed services for service providers thus make testing more effective for the automotive industry. Tests have been performed with the developed and proposed framework for distributed vehicle testing. A Java-based visualization client has been developed for DEMO purposes that present data in a rich 3D environment, thus enabling non-experts to understand the dynamic behavior of complex vehicle systems and present data in various ways. In the project we would also like to explore how driver models, Automated Steering Controller, vehicle dynamics, GPS technologies and Fleet Management can enable standardized, safe and productive test processes. We believe that the future of vehicle testing will be standardized with more testing done by the service provider. This is why tools and methods need to be developed to meet this future.
    • CASTT 11 – ROAD SCANNING, VEHICLE SIMULATION AND NAVIGATION: The research is about scanning the road and its immediate environment in 3-D producing a point cloud representation of it. Each point will get coordinates in a suitable coordinate system to generate a point cloud. The road topography can be generated from the point cloud and it will be used as input to vehicle simulations in real-time in order to enable fast-acting damping control, warning systems, vehicle control systems and even automatic collision avoidance systems. Using the measured road topography, new smart algorithms for dynamic calculations can be developed with the use of co-simulation between Matlab/Simulink and MCS.ADAMS/Car. This will be done building on the foundation of CASTT 1 “Distributed Validation of multi-body dynamics and control systems for automotive applications”
  • CRESCENDO – Collaborative and Robust Engineering using Simulation Capability Enabling Next Design Optimisation
    • €55M, EU FP7 Integrated Project.
    • The IMG4 project CRESCENDO addresses the Vision 2020 objectives for the aeronautical industry by contributing significantly to the fulfilment of three specific targets of the aeronautical industry’s Strategic Research Agenda. CRESCENDO will develop the foundations for the Behavioural Digital Aircraft (BDA),taking experience and results from VIVACE, and integrating these into a federative system and building the BDA on top of them. Main components of the BDA are: the Model Store, the Simulation Factory, the Quality Laboratory, and the Enterprise Collaboration Capabilities. It will be validated through use cases and test cases concerning “Power Plant Integration”, “Energy Aircraft”, “Thermal Aircraft” and “Value Generation” design problems and viewpoints during the preliminary design, detailed design, and test and certification phases of a generic aircraft product life-cycle. The BDA will become the new backbone for the simulation world, just as the Digital Mock-up (DMU) is today for the Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) world. This is considered a challenging area for research and innovation for the next decade. Hence, the CRESCENDO results will provide the aeronautics supply chain with the means to realistically manage and mature the virtual product in the extended/virtual enterprise with all of the requested functionality and components in each phase of the product engineering life cycle. CRESCENDO will make its approach available to the aeronautics supply chain via existing networks, information dissemination, training and technology transfer actions. The project will last three years and be organised into six subprojects: four technical and business-oriented subprojects, one “Enabling Capabilities” subproject which will deliver the BDA and a sixth subproject, responsible for consortium management and innovation issues. CRESCENDO will bring together 59 partners from industry, research institutes, universities and technology providers.
  • Design for Wellbeing
    • The main objective of the Design for Wellbeing initiative is to enhance the wellbeing of persons with motion, sensory and cognitive disabilities by using their descriptions of needs in relation to assistive devices as a starting point for product development. We aim to give users an active role in developing their own assistive devices by allowing people from various disciplines to work with them in a product development team, to improve the wellbeing of persons with disabilities, and to develop product development methodology with respect to the user’s role in design processes. Design for Wellbeing redirects the focus of product development from technology-based development, via needs-based development, to participative product development. By adapting a multidisciplinary approach, we are able to manage the entire development cycle from an initial understanding of users’ needs to studies of finished products in use. Design for Wellbeing involves students, researchers, interest organizations, companies and users from Sweden, USA and Japan.
    • DfW Summary:
      • Designing innovative products for increased wellbeing
      • Shaping the future of globally distributed collaboration
      • Educating the product designers of tomorrow
  • Faste Laboratory – VINN Excellence Centre for Functional Product Innovation
    • 244 MSEK VINN Excellence Centre.
    • Functional Product Innovation will be the main contribution to sustainable growth in that the function provider will have the responsibility of the physical artefact throughout the life-cycle and by innovations also have the capacity to continuously improve the customer value.
    • Vision: Functional products can be developed and offered to the market with known risk, lower cost, less environmental impact and with better customer value than today.
    • Objectives: To examine how physical artefacts and services may be designed and developed to become an element in a total offer, as well as enhance integrated product development to extend towards functional product development.
    • Strategy: The focus on Functional Product Innovation, building on the strong and innovative research in Functional Product Development, Simulation Driven Design and Distributed Collaborative Engineering, creating the capability to identify, model and simulate offer components in the early phases of the development process, and to support a closer partner collaboration.
  • Fuel Efficient Transmission Technology Concepts: Design Methodology
    • 18 MSEK FFI project.
    • The need to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels is a major factor influencing governments and industry and decisions being made for future investments. In this vein, Volvo Construction Equipment AB has identified a new transmission technology which has been shown to offer a substantial saving in fuel consumption. The aim of this proposed project is to provide support towards achieving the objective of bringing this new transmission technology to the market as quickly as possible.
  • FLUD – Swedish Green Engine Demonstrator
    • 126 MSEK VINNOVA funding
    • New materials and design solutions shall make future aircraft engines more environmentally friendly. VINNOVA, together with Volvo Aero invests 126 million SEK in a national program to develop lightweight and fuel efficient engines. During the period 2000 to 2020 aerospace need to halve their carbon emissions. The industry has agreed on this. One way to reduce emissions is to reduce the weight of the engines since the smaller the weight of the plane, the less fuel needed to keep it in the air. In order to get the engines lighter both smart design solutions but also new material not used in engines today, along with new ways of working for development, are needed.
  • Lean Wood Engineering
    • The innovation system wood manufacturing has a great potential as catalyst for renewal of the old innovation systems of wood technology (forest and sawmilling) and construction. The leading idea behind LWE is the exploitation of this potential by building a competence platform for the integrated development of products, processes and business in a triple helix context, i.e. business, academy, and society working together. The Division of Functional product development participates in LWE with competence regarding methods and tools for knowledge enabled engineering and other knowledge rich strategies. The application area is wood technology and engineering  rather than manufacturing industries. This competence is applied within “Process development and production control” with the application to research area “Industrialised timber construction” (R&D matrix). The division’s participation is described in the project below.
    • RULE-BASED DESIGN FOR TIMBER VOLUME ELEMENT MANUFACTURING – The aim of the project is to structure the building system by standardisation and better information management to release time for development of the building system. The approach is to develop new IT support by using methods that usually is found within mechanical engineering design to support wood construction. Automation of repetitive work. reuse of earlier components from the building system by means of a structured rule-base is in focus. The industrial problem is found at Moelven Byggmodul AB and collaborative partner is Tyréns AB. In focus right now is to develop work methods, that will by exemplified in a demonstrator, to enable the seller to have a number of modules that togetger with the customer can be assembled to a manufacturable volumes (parts of a house) and than be detailed desiged. Choice of stairs is specially interesting.
  • MERA DLP-E
    • 27 MSEK VINNOVA MERA
    • In this project, the academic research is joined with the industrial developments to reach a dominant process for component manufacturing and increase the industrial competitiveness through knowledge based production in Sweden. The aim is to develop a digital/virtual, and physical process to guide the product development and manufacturing planning based on actual production outcome. The project is expected to deliver generic models of how experience and knowledge from existing and current production can be integrated in the product development phase of new or changed products. The project is expected to verify the effectiveness of these methods through physical verification of three different products with varying degree of complexity.  The results of the project are also planned to form the base for implementation and change of existing systems and methods, hence securing the dissemination of the results. This is secured through the participation of software vendors. The project’s contribution to the MERA programme is through raising the baseline for knowledge based production and product development in Sweden by the participation of researchers that gain knowledge and through the project idea of knowledge fusion.
  • NFFP5 – METOPIA
    • 4.4 MSEK National Aviation Engineering Research Programme
    • This project is a continuation of the pilot study project NFFP4202 – Mechanical whole engine modelling where a platform, together with a pilot that demonstrated the capability of the platform in an industrial scenario, was developed. This continuation project focuses on the development of the existing platform to incorporate optimization technology and simulation driven design methodology that through the product definition (jet engine components) enables balancing of more functional requirements (e.g. structural dynamics, aero dynamics and thermo dynamics) for effective analysis of whole engine concepts. The result is a methodology including systems approach, model implementation, model architecture together with analyses, which is applied on a realistic scenario through a pilot (demonstrator).
  • PIEp – Product Innovation Engineering Program
    • PIEp is a Swedish national program with the purpose of strengthening the ability in innovative product- and business development. PIEp encompasses the field from theory to practice, from research in innovation systems to pro-active work to strengthen innovative development and reach a systematic change within research, education and development. PIEp will run for ten years, 2007-2016, engage several swedish universities and research institutes involved in innovation and product development. PIEp is managed by KTH and initially developed in partnership with Lund University, Jönköping University, Umeå Institute of Design, Center for Technology, Medicine and Health, Luleå University of Technology, together with a number of companies and organizations. In the future, collaboration will be established with more universities, institutes and companies.
  • ProViking THINK – Teams for Heterogeneous Innovation Knowledge
    • 15 MSEK Foundation for Strategic Research programme ProViking
    • The concept of product-service system (PSS), or functional product development, will be a main component in a future sustainable society. A PSS paradigm will, not only, change the use of products and services, but also the development approaches. This since the responsibility of the physical artefact throughout the life-cycle is remaining with the providing enterprise. The perspectives of reengineering, reuse and recycle can be handled in a totally different way than today, wherein the capacity to continuously improve the customer value by innovations becomes and important capability. At least two main challenges for design teams can be discerned. First, to improve customer value the design team has to be able to deal with more elusive customer needs. Second, the team has to have effective ways to continuously accomplish innovations. This project aims to support PSS development teams to innovate by putting forward facilitating methods and tools. Specifically, the focus is on the following aspects, all helping to build a coherent methodology for team-based innovation:
      • Needs establishment and value modelling
      • Multidisciplinary teams
      • Effective knowledge sharing
      • Life-cycle knowledge modelling and visualisation of solutions
    • The project will be a joint effort of industry and academic representatives, where the work will be performed in a close collaborative mode. The project hypotheses are broadly captured in the statement that: visualisation of business and development related knowledge and rapid modelling and simulation in early phases support PSS teams to innovate and perform sustainable development. Thus, besides increased knowledge about strategies and approaches for team-based innovation, demonstrators of tools and methods will be an outcome of this project.
  • Redesigning Innovation
    • “Redesigning Innovation” is focused on a changing perspective on how innovations are created. The current thinking and practice of developing and nurturing innovation within an organization follows a process-oriented mindset. The reasoning is that as long as we follow a creative process like design thinking or any other method, we will get an innovative outcome. This might be true, but only from a short-term perspective. We argue that a long-term sustained capacity to innovate cannot be made to happen through following a particular innovation process. Instead, we propose an improvisation paradigm that provides for spaces and instruments – spaces that allow the team to open up to new ideas, and instruments that support effective team performance. The exploration of new design-innovation spaces and instruments is closely tied to two world-class experimental environments available at LTU and Stanford; the new LTU Design Observatory (inaugurated in May 2008 – jointly financed by the Kempe Foundations and Wallenberg Foundations), and the long standing Stanford Design Observatory supported, in part, by Apple, Toshiba, Toyota, BMW, Panasonic, VW, Nissan, NSF, Bosch, Daimler, and others since 1984.
  • SAAB – Technology Transfer
    • 8 MSEK VINNOVA Vehicle Development FFI
    • The project goal is to identify needs for new/complementary methods and tools to enhance the possibilities for evaluation of new, groundbreaking, technologies in the early development phases of vehicle platform development.
  • Simulation of Functional Products on a Sustainability Driven Market
    • The purpose is to develop an integrated approach to SPD (Sustainable Product Development) and FPD (Functional Product Development). The primary focus is on simulation support for prediction of risks and opportunities of extended value-chain cooperation around a full product life-cycle commitment. This is intended as input for prioritizations in product development and is believed to strengthen the competitiveness of the partners while supporting transformation of society towards sustainability.
  • Team Based Innovation Demonstrator
    • The aim of the project is to study and map Global Team Innovation at VCE for the purpose of creating a structured innovation process for global engineering teams. In this research project, phase 1 spanning over four months, Mattias will study the innovation process and collaboration of at least two global projects where the team members are located in Sweden, South Korea, Germany and France.

Finalized

  • Design for Fabrication (2002-2005)
    • 6 MSEK VINNOVA
    • The conceptual design phase is the perhaps most important phase, determining most functions and cost of the forthcoming product. Knowing that the concepts to a large extend also sets the manufacturing conditions; it is critical to take manufacturing process information into account in earliest possible stages. This project aims at providing the engineering platform for conceptual design, enabling the manufacturing properties to be properly evaluated early on. This engineering platform is the natural environment where specific engineering methods can be integrated. Main focus is to represent the manufacturing process to a level where product and life cycle cost properties can be made available to the conceptual design team. The scope of the research is to enable the evaluation of manufacturing process information in conceptual design by means of Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) and Engineering Design methods.
  • Functional Jet Engine Components (2003-2007)
    • 8 MSEK National Aviation Engineering Research Programme
    • When selling a product today it contains much more than just hardware. Without a service part the product would be of no value for the customer. To be able to evaluate and choose the best concept the overall package need to be reconsidered. The aim for this project is to develop a methodology that reconsider both hardware and service in the conceptual phase of jet engine component
  • NeedInn (2005-2007)
    • 5.3 MSEK EC Regional Programme for Innovative Actions
    • Needfinding and innovation are the keywords of NeedInn. The goal for NeedInn is to create a method, a working process, which contributes to a need centered product development process within e-health. To make this happen we need to develop a way to find the needs and to make them more clearly for users and solution providers. The project is part of Prioritized area Product Development and is initiated by Tobias Larsson.
  • Participatory Product Innovation – P2I (2007-2008)
    • The overall aim of this framework is to decrease the negative impact of geographic distance on product development efforts and to further enhance current advantages of worldwide, multidisciplinary collaboration. The framework uses a three-layered approach to the advancement of global collaboration; with product development, design education, and design research in dynamic and synergetic interaction. The initiative builds heavily upon our organizations’ common interest in supporting collaborative design teams, and upon our recent efforts to reform design education in our universities – the d.school at Stanford, and the master programme in Product Development Luleå. The Faste Laboratory at Luleå University of Technology will be fundamental to the P²I project since its focus on product development is highly relevant in order to successfully address issues of global product development.
    • The project intends to:
      • Develop product innovation processes that are more attentive to prospective user needs and that consider users as active participants in the development of innovative products.
      • Develop global collaborative research projects that seek to better understand how the ever-increasing globalization affects product development practices in industry, and how such global design practice can be better supported through the deployment of collaborative technologies.
      • Develop new educational frameworks that are better tuned to the requirements of such global product development companies, and which closely relates to the goal of successfully bringing together multidisciplinary teams across functional and geographical borders.
  • ProViking – Development of Functional Products in a Distributed Virtual Environment (2003-2006)
    • 28 MSEK Foundation for Strategic Research via the ProViking research programme.
    • This research programme proposes to investigate the development of Functional Products, the development of integration between hardware, software and service. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with industry and in four work packages, all focused on the development of Functional Products but targeting different aspects of it.
  • NFFP Experience feedback (2007-2009)
    • 4 MSEK National Aviation Engineering Research Programme
    • It is a central issue to be able to use the experience and knowledge in an organization in order to be competitive. Companies choose to specialize and focus on specific areas to some extent due to the reasoning that the company’s competitiveness will increase by offering products and services within a defined area. A prerequisite for success is that the experience if the organization is capture and reused in a competitive manner. The application that is considered for the project concerns issues that arise when fabricating jet engine components. This will give a clear view on what experiences and what knowledge that is needed to feedback, on one hand to the “upstream” activities, i.e. product development, and on the other hand to the upcoming production. The aim of the project is to develop an ability to engineer fabricated jet engine components through methods and system support for feedback of knowledge and experience into the product development process (product and process definitions). Experimental verification is supposedly used to secure the applicability of the developed methods.
  • NFFP Whole Engine Modelling (2007-2009)
    • 4 MSEK National Aviation Engineering Research Programme
    • When it comes to mechanical properties, the continuous drive to reduce the weight that the engine system needs to be optimized even from a mechanical perspective. Companies with a main role to develop engine components and sub-systems hence need the capacity and knowledge to perform the engineering work that so far been done by the system integrator. A model based approach is preferred and integration between different CAE tools and methodology for how to coordinate the modelling and simulation environment is an important part to make the approach work. The purpose is to develop the ability to understand, model and simulate behaviour  of new and existing engine configurations from a mechanical perspective. A very important part of the project is to analyze how the components work together and how this affects the final mechanical performance of the engine.
  • Service Concept Design (2005-2007)
    • 4 MSEK National Aviation Engineering Research Programme
    • The project aim at strengthen the aerospace industry competence within Functional Product Development. The approach is activity based modelling, simulation and visualization of hardware based services in the concept phase of the product development process.
  • VIVACE  – Value Improvement through a Virtual Aeronautical Collaborative Enterprise (2004-2007)
    • An €70M EU FP6 Integrated Project with 56 partners.
    • VIVACE is an Aeronautical Collaborative Design Environment with associated Processes, Models and Methods. This environment will help to design an aircraft and its engines as a whole, providing to the aeronautics supply chain in an extended enterprise, virtual products with all requested functionality and components in each phase of the product engineering life cycle