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System Architecture Decisions in the Early Phases of Design Supporting Product Manufacturing and Reliability

Douglas L. Van Bossuyt, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Thursday, February 5, 2015
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Peralta (PRLTA) 130, Polytechnic campus [map]

With the rapid deployment of additive manufacturing technologies; the increasing pressures on production schedules; and an expectation for incredibly reliable, robust, and safe systems, modeling design, manufacturing, and use issues as early in the system design process is of great importance. A gap exists in early functional modeling methods to adequately, realistically, and cost-effectively model systems that can be used for early system architecture decisions.

This talk presents efforts in providing the functional modeling methodology with refined function failure analysis tools that predict failure pathways, consequences, and likelihoods; with a tool that determines sustainability of functional models based on manufacturing processes; with ongoing work in connecting functional models with manufacturing process selection for system components; and with analyzing system mission goals using manufacturing and design knowledge, risk information, and risk attitudes of operators through a functional modeling approach.

The goal of this research is to provide a toolbox of functional design methods for practitioners to rapidly and accurately develop system models in the earliest stages of design that require less redesign and result in quicker time to market, safer products, and more value to the customer.

Van Bossuyt is an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines where he is housed in the Mechanical Engineering Department and works in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program. Previously, he was a Probabilistic Risk Assessment engineer at NuScale Power, LLC, where he worked on the design of a Small Modular Reactor nuclear power plant design. He collaborates closely with a variety of industry and academic partners, including several additive manufacturing companies (3DMT, 3DPS, RMB Products) and others (Raytheon, VTT Finland, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Sydney).

He believes it is imperative that complex systems be designed to meet customer needs, be functional, resilient, robust, economical, and have a minimal environmental footprint. His research and professional work aims to address these issues in complex system design methodology at the earliest stages of design and in practice with real-world complex systems.

*Seminar is FREE and available via Adobe Connect; click here for access.

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