Technology Cluster "Design"

New manufacturing technologies offer additional degrees of freedom for product design as well as enabling design engineers to implement innovative product features. The cluster "Design" aims to comprehensively assess new technologies in view of the product and manufacturing. To do this, the cluster will focus on additive manufacturing technologies and the process chains resulting from them.

The cluster will create a method that compares various design and manufacturing models and that integrates measurement variables from the perspective of the product and manufacturing. To demonstrate this concretely, a representative component from an airplane turbine engine or a stationary gas turbine will be selected. Decisive for the selection of these components is that additive processes allow a new design to be developed whose characteristics have a positive impact upon the overall product.

Technology Cluster "Design"

Procedure

Determining the Demonstrator Model

In the first step, project engineers will select a demonstrator model and define the measurement values for its assessment. In a preliminary study, they will develop relevant features and determining factors to characterize the demonstrator as well as possible measurement parameters to evaluate it from the perspective of the product and manufacturing. After determining which demonstrator shall be used, they will define the measurement parameters used to direct the assessment.

 

Design Models for Demonstrator Components

In a second step, the project partners will develop various design models for the defined demonstrator components and evaluate the previously determined design values. The goal is to choose the various design models in such a way that the degrees of freedom the new manufacturing technology will have can be exploited to the fullest.

 

Developing Manufacturing Process Chains

In the end, different manufacturing process chains will be developed for each design variation and each of the manufacturing measurement parameters will be evaluated. Here, the focus will lie on setting up and evaluating process chains based on new manufacturing technologies (e.g. additive processes) as compared to conventional manufacturing process chains.

 

Transferring Results to Other Processes

The last working step consists of centrally coordinating, consolidating and documenting the results at that point in time. All the interim results and calculation methods will be structured in a comprehensible way so that they can be easily and reliably transferred to other industrial applications with individual cost structures.