Product development

Product development

The research area has mechanical engineering as scientific foundation and drive product development capability for innovation in a sustainable society as a comprehensive focus.

Perspective areas are engineering design methodology, simulation-driven design, and model-based development, which requires methods and tools that enable product developers to efficiently, and in as early stage as possible, be able to predict, describe, assess, and improve product characteristics. Design, development, analysis and simulation methods are needed for the prediction of technical product properties as a function of different combinations of design variables of the product life cycle. Broad or specialized engineering skills in a number of disciplines, and simulation is needed for the prediction of technical product properties as a function of different combinations of design variables as well as for the prediction of economic and socio-ecological impact of product life cycle.

An overarching objective is that when needed, be able to integrate all the relevant methods and tools for product development capability in business leaders and product developers ordinary working environment. Advanced IT tools, for example, analysis, modeling, simulation, visualization, optimization, product data management, and distributed engineering related to experimental methods are characteristic of the research.

Examples of special areas currently being studied and used for product improvements are value-driven development models, knowledge engineering methods, mechanical and mechatronic systems in marine engineering and waterjet cutting; structural dynamics; material dynamics, material characterization and fracture mechanics.


Research and education


Within the technological research field mechanical engineering you find the following research aspects:

  • Innovation engineering
  • Design automation
  • Creative concept generation
  • Lean
  • 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.

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.

Read more about our projects, research and education on our blog:
Mechanical engineering – Our research and education blogg.

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.

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.