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Challenge

This strategic basic research project aims to transform the design tools and workflows currently deployed within the mechatronic industry into an efficient framework for multi-disciplinary, system-level design parameter space exploration and optimisation.

In modern designs, the specified requirements in terms of (tracking) performance, energy consumption, robustness and reliability, durability and (residual) lifetime are largely influenced by the dynamic and transient behaviour of its constituent components. The new approach will therefore be able to pre-set objectives and constraints anticipating the dynamic response of the system.

Flemish mechatronic companies need technology enabling them to perform a fast evaluation of these design objectives and constraints for each new product generation in order to stay ahead of the international competition.

Given the complexity of modern design space exploration and optimisation, model-based system engineering strategies with corresponding automated computer simulations are of vital importance. This project targets a technico-scientific breakthrough by coupling and nesting model-based optimisation strategies with/in surrogate modelling approaches involving multi-disciplinary system-level models.

The system-level models may be heterogeneous, integrating component models of various levels of complexity and detail. In addition, the model-based strategies should not require major expert knowledge on modelling and simulation from end users so that they become useful for and supportive to the broad design engineering community.

Project duration: 1/03/2016 - 28/02/2018