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Course module: 201400119
Virtual Product Development
Course info
Course module201400119
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeModule
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact R.G.J. Damgrave
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Contactperson for the course R.G.J. Damgrave
Lecturer R.G.J. Damgrave
ir. W. Dankers
Lecturer H.J.M. Geijselaers
dr. C.V. Gelhard
Academic year2016
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
The aim of this module is about learning to deal with the wide variety of tools available for a designer. The emphasis is on being able to make an underpinned choice between the various options, and the ability to integrate the selected tool within the project. The focus of the module lies in the design of a product by means of virtual tools. Multiple design variations and iterations play a major role in this process. Besides the project “Virtual product development” the courses “Dynamics” and “Introduction to Finite Element Method” are part of this module.
The student follows in this module a project entitled “Virtual product development” and the task “to design a product-service combination”. There is no exact project description available for this project, but a number of conditions and deliverables that has to be complied in the assignment. The project group itself must formulate a precise job description and present them to the organization in the first week of the module. The students will be randomly assigned to a group of six students.
Within the project eleven tools are offered in the so called ‘Toolbox’. Each student must complete six of them. The student has to make the choice between which tools to follow, with the only conditions that at least two students and a maximum of four students from each project group follow the tool.

Project Virtual Product Development
  1. coordinate the development a physical product in combination with a digital service;
  2. formulate an assignment based on predefined parameters and deliverables;
  3. make an well-founded choice between various design tools;
  4. transfer knowledge and skills to other group members;
  5. develop, communicate and organize different configurations and iterations of a product;
  6. design and create relationships and combinations between different design tools. 
  1. analyse the motion of a system of masses in terms of forces, accelerations and velocities,
  2. analyse the motion of a system of linked rigid bodies in terms of forces, accelerations and velocities,
  3. calculate the eigenfrequency of an elastically supported rigid body
Introduction Finite Element Method
  1. analyse bar and beam constructions with the FEM and can analyse and evalute the results. 
  2. indicate and describe the mathematical and mechanical basics of the FEM.
  3. deduce 1 dimensional element formulations independently.
  4. execute simple FEM based analyses with a number of commercial FEM programs.
  5. interpret results of FE simulations and give an estimation of the accuracy of the calculation.
Project Virtual Product Development
The topic of the project is to design the combination of a product with an integrated service. There is no description available of the product the students have to develop, but there are constraints within which a product must be designed. Each project team must define in the first week of the project what kind of product they will develop. The group thus has no client, but will have to develop a product themselves that (fictitious) must convince an investor.
In the project, students must individually make a choice between the offered tools from the toolbox. Based on their own needs and the needs of the team, each student must select six (out of eleven) tools. The knowledge and skills of the tools should be used directly within the project, and the use of every tool must be visible in the deliverables of the project.


Introduction Finite Element Method
In the bachelor programme Industrial Design many technical aspects (a.o. strength, stiffness, vibrations) are discussed. In previous courses (Statics, Dynamics, Strength and Stiffness) analytical methods are treated to analyse these technical aspects. These analytical methods can be used limited, because these can only be applied for simple geometries, elastical and homogenous material behaviour and simple load situations.

Computer tools are available to analyse these technical aspects. One of the most used methods is the Finite Element Method (FEM). With use of this method complex constructions can be analysed with an accuracy that cannot be reached with the analytical methods. The FEM can be used to gain insight in displacements, deformations, stresses and vibrations in constructions. FEM can be used effectively in the design process. Before a product is made, the designer can gain insight in technical aspects and can estimate if the product can meet the requirements.

The module part "Finite Element Method for ID" gives an introduction of the theory behind FEM. Besides, attention is paid to the applicability and accuracy of this method. Students will get acquainted with several commercial FE programs during the practicals.   

The module part consists of two parts.
Part 1 includes the theoretical part of FEM. In this part a reader is used. Subjects that are treated: bar and beam constructions, symmetry, 2D- and 3D- constructions, accuracy, interpretation of results.
Part 2 consists of 3 practical assignments.
Assumed previous knowledge
Required materials
Dynamics: Handouts through Blackboard
Reader: Introduction to the Finite Element Method (352)
Recommended materials
Dynamics: Meriam & Kraige, "Dynamics"
Instructional modes







Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance


Project Virtual Product Development

Oral/verbal exam, Final assignment/paper, Presentation(s)


Assignments, Oral Exam

Introduction to Finite Element Method

Written exam (open questions), assignments

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