Research profile

With a research platform in Mechanical Engineering, we research methods, tools and rationale to support companies capability to innovative sustainable solutions with higher value to the customers.

The Product Development Research Laboratory is the research unit of Department of Mechanical Engineering. Research has been carried out in this field at BTH since the start (see our legacy). The unit is active in research, education and collaboration, and is a specialized unit with in-depth knowledge.

Product Development Research Areas within the field of mechanical engineering

Engineering the capability to deliver innovation output
Innovation Engineering - IE
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.

Design Thinking: The ability to in a user centric way identify and work with needs and transform these into solutions (inspiration, ideation, implementation)

Innovative product development: Exploration. The ability to develop new products and offerings (engineering design, innovation engineering, key performance indicators, creative methods for concept ideation and generation)

Disruptive methods and technologies: The ability to explore technologies that will change our society at the core (3D printing, Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Water Jet Cutting) and the work processes to go with this (lean startup, agile innovation)
Product to Function; Engineering life-cycle functional solutions
Product-Service Systems - PSS
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.

PSS Design Methodology: Development of function based solutions for a circular economy reasoning.

Value driven design: The ability to drive design and development of new solutions using perceived value as the driver. (Value driven design, Value Innovation, circular solutions).

Digital product development
Model Driven Development - MDD
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.

Design Automation: The ability to re-use and apply knowledge/information/data to speed up the development process. (Knowledge Based Engineering, Lightweight knowledge sharing, Case Based Reasoning, Design Rational Capture etc.)

Simulation Driven Design: The ability to deploy simulation driven design and virtually build, test, and learn before entering the physical production space (Simulation Driven Design, Discrete Event modelling, analytical models, process models, model based enterprise, data patterns)

Structural Analysis: The ability to use engineering analysis methods to understand material behaviour and performance in engineering design. (fracture mechanics, non-destructive testing, acoustic methods, thermal loads etc.)

Application Areas

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Marine technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Space
  • Transportation
  • Wave power
  • Wind power

Applications

Applied approach

We work in close collaboration with our research and education partners.

We aim to maintain an objective and unbiased view of the situations we study and research, while still deploying a methodological approach to the research studies.

We lean on Design Research Methodology as one of our fundamental planning tools for our research. This since we always se the situations as “broken and in need of fixing". For the engineering design researcher the glass is never half-full or half-empty; it is simply too big, too small, too heavy, too expensive etc. 😉

Testimonial

Jenny Elfsberg
Director of Emerging Technologies at Volvo Construction Equipment.
"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. Since BTH collaborates 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."

Ongoing research projects

Finalized research projects