Complex industrial system design focusing on the system as a whole.
- To acquire skills on systems engineering methods and techniques, including planning and on analysis for taking design decisions thoroughly, with emphasis on costs, reliability, optimization.
- To understand that a joint effort from different disciplines is really necessary to obtain optimal results, implying that design decisions from only the perspective of core engineering disciplines is not enough.
- To experience design of complex technical systems by conducting an industry-inspired case.
Systems engineering encompasses activities involved in the design, development, production and application of machines and instruments. The course intends to develop a design attitude, and teaches how to use basic rules (methods and techniques) for the analysis and synthesis of solutions for the problem of realising a given design. A Systems Engineering approach is used, which implies that the optimal functioning of the whole system during its entire lifecycle is concerned. This means that besides design and manufacturing, also use and disposal are considered. The material is treated form a practical point of view: emphasis is on the global insight in the design processes and methods and techniques for analysis and evaluation. Furthermore, practical use of these instruments is relevant. Therefore, during the second half of the term, students work on the case study, which is shaped as a kind of role play: the student teams form design subteams. So, students must once present a part of the case, discuss presentations of all other students, and once report on these discussions, which serves as a design evaluation meeting.|