The field mechanical engineering is dedicated to enhancing and creating methods, techniques and tools to support the manufacturing company's product development, and innovation capacity. Partners and stakeholders are found within the aviation, aerospace, vehicle and transportation industries as well as manufacturing industries in general. Applications in health technology and health care are also available.
The challenges lie primarily in balancing the cost efficiency of development and production with the ability to create new customer value and innovation. To manage this balance requires the ability to both create new solutions, but also to evaluate and implement them. Mechanical engineering is a classic field that has a great impact on the sustainable development of society.
Research in Mechanical engineering is applied and affects methods, tools and techniques that support a company's ability to deliver increased customer value through more effective (incremental development) and more innovative product development (radical innovation).
Mechanical engineering is leading the work with the Knowledge Foundation's profile "Model Driven Development and Decision Support" (2013-2018).
Within the technological research field mechanical engineering you find the following research aspects:
- Innovation engineering
- Design automation
- Creative concept generation
- Product-Service systems
- Product development methods and tools
- Simulation driven product development
- Structural analysis
- Water jet cutting
- Value driven development
The research group within PDRL - Product Development Research Lab is using a strategy of creative problem solving at an early stage and computer simulations to generate ideas, create, appreciate, model and drive the development of product-service innovations in an industrial context, hence we call this simulation-driven design (SDD) Product Innovation (PI ) with a focus on product-service systems (PSS). The research helps companies meet the complex challenges when moving towards a situation where they need to develop greener products and services to be sustainable. This places new demands on the engineers involved in product development. They get more and more aspects and options to consider all the time, sustainability is one of the factors.
Tobias C.Larsson - researcher in
Our education programmes are given in close collaboration with our research and our collaboration companies to ensure that "the engineer's desktop" is up-to-date and updated with tools and methods.
The goal is to conduct research on, develop and implement this updated "Engineering Toolbox 2.0" for the future of engineer, and to support collaborative companies to take advantage of, and implement the results.
Examples of public funding:
KKS, VINNOVA, the EU, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) and Blekinge Centre of Competence.
Examples of partners:
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Volvo Construction Equipment, Kockums, DIAB, TetraPak och Dynapac.
A quote from one of our partners
Our collaboration with BTH is a real win/win partnership our company is in a very exciting transformational phase which gives BTH good examples for their research and since BTH collaborate with other industries that have already done their shifts from products to services, for example, we can gain knowledge about proven methods instead of inventing everything ourselves."
Jenny Elfsberg, Director of Emerging Technologies at Volvo Construction Equipment.
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