The research activities carried on in the PLM laboratory are mainly:
- Virtual Prototyping: definition of new development paradigms which integrate different methodologies and virtual prototyping (e.g. for custom fit products) and digital mock-up for design validation. Fig. 1 shows an example of ergonomic analysis of a commercial refrigerator and of a tractor.
Fig. 1 - Ergonomic analysis through virtual mannequins
- Physics-based modelling of non-rigid objects: study and development of modelling and simulation methods for non-rigid objects (see Fig. 2).
Fig. 2 - Example of non-rigid materials simulation
- Systematic Innovation Methodologies: application of systematic innovation methodologies (e.g. TRIZ and GTI-General Theory of Innovation), for problem solving in different industrial sectors and integration of methodologies to support product/process development (QFD, Six Sigma, BPR, TQM, FMEA, DFMA, TRIZ, Modular Management, Risk Management, etc.) see Fig. 3.
Fig. 3 - TRIZ and modularity: a new design paradigm
- Intellectual Property Management: product and patent knowledge management, modelling with functional language and valorisation of intellectual property (see Fig. 4).
Fig. 4 - Functional modeling of products/process and patent analysis, and functional representation
- Methods and tools for product development process: methodologies and tools to model and simulate product development processes, development of BPR roadmap based on the integration of different modelling techniques (such as IDEF, UML and ARIS), see Fig. 5.)
Fig. 5 - Example BPR roadmap development