• Product development

    We do product development research within the area of mechanical engineering, with a focus of supporting the future sustainable products and services in our society

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  • Model driven development

    We're working with a model driven approach where we model, simulate and visualize entire life-cycles already in the conceptual design phase.

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  • Value Driven Design

    A shift from delivering products to giving access to use-of-product (product-service systems) is putting higher focus on the value of a design. Read about how we transform the field of Value Driven Design,

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About Product Development Research Lab

The Product Development Research Laboratory is a research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology.

The unit is highly specialized on in-depth knowledge on digital product development.

Our work is focused on developing the “engineers desktop" with methods and tools to support companies to deliver innovative product-service system concepts that support the transition to a future sustainability society.

Director of the PDRL is Professor Tobias Larsson.

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Research

The ability to effectively deliver new values to the market; innovation, is a challenge on global scale for companies today. 

The research at PDRL aims at targeting early development stages of product development by use of a model based engineering approach with simulation at the core.

The research is particularly oriented towards early development, and questions of how to best identify, communicate, utilize, and re-use knowledge about, for example, user needs and product usage, are of high interest together with aspects of team based innovation, value creation and engineering optimisation.

Creating the ability to run simulation driven design of new sustainable solutions by using a model based approach is a key in order to support global product development where sustainable lifecycle solutions; product-service systems is the goal.

The applied research efforts provide new work procedures, methods and tools as well as new insights that support and enable product development improvements for our partners, while the research at the same time is disseminated in the proper academic channels to ensure quality control.

Below are our main research areas within mechanical engineering.

INNOVATION ENGINEERING

"Engineering the capability to deliver innovation"

Methods and tools to inspire and deliver innovation is at the core of the innovation engineering research. Supporting innovation capability, including measuring of innovation, to be deployed in corporate context.

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MODEL DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT

"Digital product development"

Industry and society is becoming more and more model driven and data and models are being shared between different stakeholders to follow-up productivity, carbon footprint, cost etc. It is clearly time utilize live data in combination with extended modelling and simulation to as early as possible in the conceptual design make informed decisions.

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PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEMS

"Engineering life-cycle functional solutions"

Society is rapidly developing into a function based solution society for a circular economy reasoning. We do research that support this transition from pure hardware development into hybrid product/service/software development.

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Latest Research Publications

The Decision Arena: A model-centric interactive workspace for Product-Service System design

The Decision Arena: A model-centric interactive workspace for Product-Service System design

Abstract Design has become an intense ‘social activity’: working with others and sharing a common understanding are of critical importance…

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The Model-Driven Decision Arena: Augmented Decision-Making for Product-Service Systems Design

The Model-Driven Decision Arena: Augmented Decision-Making for Product-Service Systems Design

Abstract The shift towards Product-Service Systems (PSS) stresses the need to embed new and unique capabilities in Decision Support Systems,…

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Raising Value and Sustainability awareness for critical materials: a serious game for the aerospace sector

Raising Value and Sustainability awareness for critical materials: a serious game for the aerospace sector

Abstract Aviation strives today to include environmental and social considerations as drivers for decision making in design. This paper proposes…

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Success factors when implementing innovation teams

Success factors when implementing innovation teams

Abstract This research explores the success factors of the research-based process for creating high-performing innovation teams, called the CIT-process. This…

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Data analysis method supporting cause and effect studies in product-service system development

Data analysis method supporting cause and effect studies in product-service system development

Abstract A data analysis method aiming to support cause and effect analysis in design exploration studies is presented. The method…

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A framework for data-driven design in a product innovation process: data analysis and visualisation for model-based decision making

A framework for data-driven design in a product innovation process: data analysis and visualisation for model-based decision making

ABSTRACT: The paper presents a four-layer framework for the application of data-driven design in a product innovation process. The framework…

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Using models as boundary objects in early design negotiations: analysis and implications for decision support systems

Using models as boundary objects in early design negotiations: analysis and implications for decision support systems

Abstract One common strategy to include more downstream lifecycle dimensions in early design is to enrich modelling and simulation techniques…

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Measuring Experiential Learning: An Approach Based on Lessons Learned Mapping

Measuring Experiential Learning: An Approach Based on Lessons Learned Mapping

Abstract: Fostering ‘experiential learning’ in real-life situations is a critical task for engineering educators when creating constructively aligned learning activities.…

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Research Projects

Research Partners

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. We contribute to the below goals, where #9 and #12 are our high impact goals. Here is our breakdown of the PDRL contributions.